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Vase 'hollandois' of the third size
  • Pair of Flower Pots
  • Vase 'hollandois' of the third size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Louis-Denis Armand The Elder, Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1759
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 17.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls (foliate) enclosing 'F' the date letter for 1759
    Painter's mark: The crescent for Louis-Denis Armand The Elder
    Incised mark: 'cn'
  • C218-19
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • A means of bringing the garden indoors, this model was intended to grow plants.
    While the upper section would hold the flowers and had holes at the bottom which allowed water to permeate, the lower served as a reservoir, from which water could be poured through the openings at the sides (the Sèvres manufactory also produced watering cans for that purpose). Dutch tin-glazed earthenware flowerpots were used in a similar manner, hence perhaps the term 'vase hollandois’. The popular model was introduced in 1754 and remained in production until the 1790s.
    This pair is decorated with a 'bleu lapis' ground, overlaid on the sides with an elaborate gilded trellis-work pattern. The reserves show birds in landscapes and were painted by Louis-Denis Armand L’Aîné (op. 1745-1788), who specialized in this subject-matter and can be identified by his characteristic crescent mark.