Sugar Bowl and cover

Por à sucre Hèrbert

Made at Vincennes Manufactory (France), Painted by Philippe Xhrouuet, père (active in 1750–1775)

Object Place: Europe, France


9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain (pâte tendre) decorated in puce monochrome (camaïeu pourpre) and gold

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The pear-shaped bowl with a domed cover has a finial in the form of a carnation with stem and leaves. On the bowl the painting, in puce monochrome, consists of two cupids with flying drapery, in clouds, after Boucher, one holding a torch, the other a wreath of flowers. On the cover are painted, in the same color, emblems of love: a bow and quiver and an arrow and torch. There are also one small flower spray on the cover and two larger and two smaller flower sprays on the bowl, all in puce. The rims of the cover and the bowl have rounded gold dentils and a puce band bound in gold; this puce band is repeated at the foot above a gold band. The flower finial is touched with puce, and the stem and leaves are gilded. The finial has been broken and repaired, and the gold dentils on the inside of the rim of the bowl are almost completely worn away with use; the glaze inside the bowl also shows wear.


(1) on base of bowl, in blue enamel: interlaced Ls enclosing the date letter A; painter's mark, a Maltese cross
(2) on base of bowl, incised: 4


Paris; 1961, Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus