Ewer and basin (pot à la Romaine uni et jatte ovale)

Factory:
Vincennes Manufactory (French, ca. 1740–1756)
Date:
1754–55
Culture:
French, Vincennes
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height (ewer .177): 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm);
Overall (basin .178): 14 3/8 × 10 1/8 in. (36.5 × 25.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Accession Number:
50.211.177, .178
Not on view
The form of this ewer and basin is based on contemporary French silver examples. Silver, the more expensive medium, frequently provided the model for the forms of French porcelain in the eighteenth century.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside of ewer: Crossed Ls enclosing B (Vincennes factory mark and date letter for 1755)

Painted in blue enamel on underside of basin: Crossed Ls enclosing trace of illegible letter
Olivier Lévy ; Private Collection, Belgium ; [ Stiebel Ltd. , New York, before 1950; sold to Mr. Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1950; to MMA)