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Tureen

Maker:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
1758
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
Not on view
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] crossed L's enclosing E (Sèvres factory mark and date letter for 1758); [2] decorator'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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