Covered Water Jug

pot a l'eau tourne

Made at Vincennes Manufactory (France)


Overall (without mount): 19.4 x 14.5 x 11.9 cm (7 5/8 x 5 11/16 x 4 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold; gold mounts

Not On View





The pear-shaped jug has a domed cover with a hinged gold mount and shell-form thumbpiece. Both are painted with reserves of flowers and fruit within tooled gilt borders on a turquoise (bleu celeste) ground. The gilt border that enframes the reserve on the cover is composed of fronds punctuated by clusters of flowers. The gilt borders of the reserves on the jug include trelliswork and elaborate floral sprays. The exterior of the spout is elaborately gilded with floral and abstract motifs on a dotted ground. The ear-shaped handle is decorated with gilt lines and near the mount a molded leaf motif is picked out in gold with gilt scrollwork below.


Interlaced Ls enclosing date letter A, painter's mark 4, both in blue enamel; incised 4; gold mount marked with a shell (Paris discharge mark for gold and small work, 1756-62) and an unidentified mark (a crown?).


Mrs. Leopold Rothschild (b. 1862 - d. 1937), London; by descent to her son, Anthony de Rothschild (b. 1887 - d. 1961), London [see note 1]. Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to James W. Barney (d. by 1948), New York; May 8, 1948, Barney estate sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, lot 78, to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, for Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

[1] Provenance until 1948 is taken from "Notable French Furniture and Objets d'Art," Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, May 8, 1948, p. 34, lot 78.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection