Fruit or flower basket (corbeille aux cygnes)

Manufactory Sèvres Manufactory French
Designer Louis Martin Berthault French
Decorator Pierre-Louis Micaud French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553

Berthault, Malmaison’s garden architect and decorator of the greenhouse, designed this jardinière for Josephine in 1812 as a table centerpiece. To further enhance her dinner table, a richly gilded dessert service ornamented with botanical motifs was ordered from the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin during the city’s occupation by the French.

Fruit or flower basket (corbeille aux cygnes), Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present), Hard-paste porcelain, French, Sèvres

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