Milk jug (part of a service)

Manufactory Sèvres Manufactory French
Designer Léon Kann French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

This coffee service (1988.287.1–.7) embodies the Art Nouveau style in ceramics. The designer chose the fennel plant to literally encase the functional wares, thereby integrating their utilitarian aspects with Art Nouveau's embrace of naturalistic forms. The gray-green enamel of the "fennel" portions was applied to unglazed porcelain, producing a matte texture similar to that of the plant itself, in contrast to the glossy, glazed white areas above.

Milk jug (part of a service), Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present), Hard-paste porcelain, French, Sèvres

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