Pot-Pourri in the Form of a Snail Shell

about 1763–68
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Overall (pot): 13.1 x 16.3 x 12.8 cm (5 3/16 x 6 7/16 x 5 1/16 in.) Other (lid): 16.3 x 12.8 cm (6 7/16 x 5 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration; gilt-bronze mounts

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Each pot-pourri rests on three conical shell feet and has a circular lid with a finial in the form of a shell surrounded by three smaller shells. A gilt bronze openwork collar attached to the rim of the shell supports the lid, which has a gilt-bronze rim with a small beaded flange. The shell is decorated with a turquoise (blue celeste) ground. The yellow feet are painted with concentric circles in black enamel and small flecks of brown and black enamel. The shells comprising the finial are painted variously in purple, yellow, blue, and black enamel.




Jas. A. Lewis & Son, New York; December 21, 1949, Jas. A. Lewis & Son sold to Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection