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Tureen

Maker:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
1757–58
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 5/8 x 11 1/8 x 8 3/8 in. (24.4 x 28.3 x 21.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Bequest of Douglas Dillon, 2003
Accession Number:
2004.361.5a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
The curvilinear forms of this tureen and the asymmetry of the gilding reflect the characteristic features of the French rococo style. This is the smallest of the tureens produced by the Sèvres factory; records indicate that Louis XV purchased a green-ground tureen of this uncommon size in 1758.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside of base: [1] interlaced L's enclosing E (factory mark and date letter for 1757/8); [2] painter's mark resembling a 3 flanked by two dots
[ sale, Christie's, London , November 29, 1973, lot 38; sold to Dillon ] ; Douglas Dillon , New York (1973–2003; bequeathed to MMA)
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