Potpourri vase (pot-pourri à jour)

Manufactory Vincennes Manufactory French
Model attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis French
Decorator Louis-Jean Thévenet (père) French

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In 1753, the Vincennes factory introduced a marking system that indicated the year the object was decorated. Prior to 1753, the factory had begun to mark the base of each piece with interlaced Ls, the royal cipher. Beginning at some point in 1753, a letter that represented a year was painted inside the interlaced Ls. For the first ten years of this marking system, the letter actually indicates a two-year period, as the new letter was adopted during the year rather than at its start (i.e., A = 1753/54). This practice changed in 1763, allowing a letter to signify a single year.

Potpourri vase (pot-pourri à jour), Vincennes Manufactory (French, ca. 1740–1756), Soft-paste porcelain, French, Vincennes

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