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Potpourri vase (pot-pourri gondole)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Modeler:
Jean-Claude Duplessis (French, ca. 1695–1774, active 1748–74)
Decorator:
Attributed to Charles Nicolas Dodin (French, Versailles 1734–1803 Sèvres)
Date:
1756–57
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Overall, body with lid (confirmed): 12 3/16 x 14 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. (31 x 36.2 x 19.7 cm); Overall, base (confirmed): 2 5/16 x 9 x 5 1/4 in. (5.9 x 22.9 x 13.3 cm); Height assembled (confirmed): 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number:
58.75.88a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
The French royal manufactory at Sèvres became the most influential and prestigious porcelain factory in Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century. Its products were characterized by innovation in both form and decoration, and by a consistently high level of technical skill. These qualities are evident in the complex pierced design of the cover and shoulder of this gondola-shaped vase, in the rich turquoise ground color, and in the detailed painted and gilded decoration. Designed to hold potpourri, this vase was first owned by Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV and an avid patron of the Sèvres factory.
Inscription: Printed stickers: (1) HILLINGDON - 151/Painted by Dodin/1754–1803; (2) S.L.4340/4A/Anonymous; various other stickers on all three parts bearing much the same information.

Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside: [1] Crossed Ls (factory mark); [2] Script D between two dots in blue (possibly year letter).
Mme de Pompadour ; Sir Charles Mills, Baronet ; The Lords Hillingdon ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958)
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