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Vase (cuvette à fleurs courteille)

Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Charles Nicolas Dodin (French, Versailles 1734–1803 Sèvres)
French, Sèvres
Soft-paste porcelain
Overall (confirmed): 5 15/16 × 9 15/16 × 5 5/16 in. (15.1 × 25.2 × 13.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1954
Accession Number:
Not on view
Between 1760 and 1763, the talented porcelain painter Dodin worked in a distinct Chinese manner as seen on this vase. Chinoiserie engravings by French artists inspired some of these genre scenes, but a Chinese woodcut may have been the source for the charming composition on the front. The exotic decoration is continued on the back with a medallion depicting a bouquet of Oriental flowers such as peonies and chrysanthemums with remarkable angular stems. The marbleizing of the rose ground (rose marbré) was achieved by covering it with a blue enamel coating, which after it had dried, was then partially removed creating a the desired effect. Then the purplish enamel was applied, followed by the gilded highlights.

[Jeffrey H. Munger, 2006]
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside: [1] Crossed Ls enclosing I (Sèvres factory mark and year letter for 1761); [2] k (decorator's mark for Dodin)
Palace of San Donato (until 1880) ; Private Collection, France (sold to Bensimon) ; [ Gaston Bensimon , New York, before 1954; sold to Mr. Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1954; to MMA)
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