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Pot à sucre 'Bouret' of the first size
  • Date: c. 1753
  • Medium: Soft-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Height: 12 cm
  • Inv: C377
  • Location: Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • This bowl, used to serve refined sugar with tea, was named after one of the two Bouret brothers who were shareholders at Vincennes and Sèvres. Introduced in 1753, the model remained in production until the 1780s and would usually have been part of a small tea set or ‘déjeuner’.
    This piece is decorated with a dark blue ‘bleu lapis’ ground, the first ground colour introduced at the manufactory, and gilded with flying birds in floral cartouches – also a popular motif during the early 1750s. Elaborate tooling was used to create naturalistic effects on the gilding.
    A firing crack in the base was concealed with two crossed palm branches in blue enamel on the outside and a spray of gilded flowers on the inside of the bowl.