Flower pot

French
probably 1756
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Dimensions

Overall (without finials): 8.2 x 7 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.1790

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorate in polychrome enamels and gold; gilt-bronze finials

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

In the form of a miniature tub, each pot is cubical in form and rests on four block feet. Each corner of the glazed interior is reinforced with a porcelain bar of square cross section on which rests a gilt-bronze finial, replacing the original porcelain finial. Five holes are cut into the base for drainage. The ground color is green(vert), and the cartouche-shaped reserves are painted with sprays of mixed flowers and are framed by tooled gilt flowers, vines, and palm fronds. The top, bottom, and side edges of the pot are decorated with gilt bands.

Inscription

Interlaced Ls with letter G in script to left, both in blue enamel; incised 8.

Provenance

J.P. Morgan, New York [see note 1]; March 22-25, 1944, sold by J.P. Morgan at Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 629, and bought by Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] Inventory numbers P.M.1702.A and P.M.1792.B. in red enamel paint on base, cited by Jeffrey H. Munger, in "The Forsyth Wickes Collection" (1992, P. 168).

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection