Vase with cover (vase à flacon) (one of a pair), Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present), Soft-paste porcelain, French, Sèvres

Vase with cover (vase à flacon) (one of a pair)

Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Pictorial scenes by Charles Nicolas Dodin (French, Versailles 1734–1803 Sèvres)
After a design by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Trophies attributed to Charles Buteux (French, active 1756–82)
French, Sèvres
Soft-paste porcelain
Height: 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number:
58.75.73a, b
Not on view
Works of art by the French artist François Boucher (1703–1770), who held the prestigious title of first painter to the king, served as a highly popular source of inspiration for artists working in a variety of media in the middle decades of the eighteenth century. Prints made after paintings by Boucher were widely circulated and provided artists with compositions that could be faithfully reproduced in smaller scale or adapted to three-dimensional porcelain sculpture. Works by Boucher served as the source not only for the painted scenes on vases and snuffboxes, but also for the porcelain figures which were listed as "Enfants Boucher" (Boucher Children) in the factory’s sales ledgers.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside: [1] Crossed Ls enclosing T (factory mark and year letter for 1772); [2] K (decorator's mark for Charles Nicolas Dodin)

Incised on underside: [3] a.p.T.
Mme. Victoire (purchased in 1772) ; Sir Charles Mills, Baronet ; The Lords Hillingdon , London ; [ Joseph Duveen ; sold to Kress ] ; Samuel H. Kress (purchase in 1947) ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)