Tobacco jar

French
1758
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

10.7 cm (4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1844

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics

Each jar is cylindrical in form with a flat base, and is decorated with a turquoise (bleu celeste) ground. On each, the oval reserves are painted with polychrome mixed flowers on the obverse and various fruits and flowers on the reverse. Tooled gilt flowers, scrolls, and diapered panels frame each reserve. A plain gilt band encircles each base and a gilt dentil band decorates each rim.

Inscription

interlaced Ls enclosing date letter F, painter's mark below (partly obliterated), possibly for Guillaume Noel (active at Sevres 1755-1800), both inblue enamel; incised 4.

Provenance

Possibly Baronne Leopold de Rothschild, Hamilton Palace, England [see note 1]. Possibly Sir Anthony de Rothschild, London [see note 1]. Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York; December 28, 1948, sold by Rosenberg & Stiebel 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)

NOTES:
[1] See Jeffrey H. Munger, "The Forsyth Wickes Collection" (1992, p. 170).

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection