Pot-Pourri in the Form of Snail Shells

French
1763–68
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Object Place: Europe, Sevres, France

Dimensions

Overall: 13.1 x 16.3cm (5 3/16 x 6 7/16in.) Other (Parts A & B): 16.3 x 12.8cm (6 7/16 x 5 1/16in.)

Accession Number

65.1860a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Part of pair with 65.1859a-b. 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.

Inscription

None

Provenance

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