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Pot 'à l'eau tourné' of the second size; 'grande jatte Hébert'
  • Covered Jug and Basin
  • Pot 'à l'eau tourné' of the second size; 'grande jatte Hébert'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Eloi Asselin (1743 - 1804), Painter
    Possibly Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1767
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded with a silver-gilt thumbpiece
  • Jug without mount, C454, Height: 15.8 cm
    Jug with mount, C454, Height: 16.2 cm
    Basin, C455, Object size: 9 x 21.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'O' the date letter for 1767 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'A' for Charles-Eloi Asselin Painted
    Incised mark: '4' and 'FN'
    Incised mark: 'o'
  • C454-5
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • Porcelain jugs and basins were used either in the private lavatory, or during the toilette for people to wash their hands while having breakfast during the lengthy morning ritual.

    These pieces have a so-called 'mouches d'or' decoration of gilded dots, in allusion to the beauty patches or 'mouches' which fashionable men and women liked to wear. Charles-Eloi Asselin painted the Savoyard children after compositions by Jean-Baptiste Greuze and François Boucher.
    The set was possibly bought from Sèvres by Louis XV’s daughters, Mesdames Adélaïde and Louise, in December 1767.