Sugar bowl and cover

Pot a sucre bouret

French
about 1758–59
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1983.644a-b

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain (pâte tendre) with pink and green ground (fond rose et vert), decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The bowl has a slightly convex profile, curving gently in to the foot ring and to the slightly everted
lip. The cover is slightly domed, with a turned molding at the rim and a knob in the form of a flower (carnation?) with scrolling leaves. The trefoil reserve on the cover and the two oval reserves on the bowl are framed with deep bluish green on a pink ground. On the cover the green takes the form of C scrolls joined by fleur-de-lis, banded in slightly foliate burnished gold with dots. On the bowl the green forms a narrow band at the rim, dropping into modified trefoils at the sides between the reserves; It also frames the oval reserves with commode-shaped panels and joins the two sides with rococo-shaped areas, all gold-bordered in foliate scrolls of S, C, and wavy shapes; the oval reserves are framed by a plain gold band entwined with delicate gold vines, which have been preserved less well against the white than against the green. There are rounded gold dentil borders at the rims of both the bowl and cover, and a plain
band at the foot ring. The flower knob is colored pale yellow with touches of red, and the leaves are gold. The reserve on the cover has sprays of polychrome flowers with leaves, curving from left to right in each lobe to give the effect of a wreath. The panels of the bowl have one spray with stems to the right, the other to the left, and each features a large pink rose with a variety of smaller flowers, buds, and leaves. There is a whole drilled into the inner flange of the cover.

Markings

(1) on base of bowl, incised: T (?)

Provenance

J. Pierpont Morgan. March 25, 1944, sale, Parke-Bernet, New York. Sydney J. Lamon. November 29, 1973, sale, Christie's, London. By 1983, Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus