Water Pitcher

broc ordinaire

French
1751–53
Made at Vincennes Manufactory (France)


Object Place: Europe, Vincennes/Sevres, France

Dimensions

Overall: 24.7 x 19.3 x 15.4cm (9 3/4 x 7 5/8 x 6 1/16in.)

Accession Number

65.1871

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The body of the pitcher is of ovoid shape tapering to a slender neck with a flared spout above and an ear-shaped handle. The white ground is decorated with large sprays of flowers, a wreath of flowers, two butterflies, and an insect. Two parallel gilt bands encircle the neck; another gilt band is located just above the base. The handle is painted with long alternating bands of dark and light blue which are crossed horizontally by gilt bands; the molded leaf motif at the upper join of the handle to the body is picked out in blue. The rim of the spout is gilt.

Markings

Ornamented interlaced Ls (tres ornee) enclosing three dots, a v and two dots above, a dot, palmette and two dots below.

Provenance

Madame La Comtesse de B[earn], France; December 9, 1972, Madame la Comtesse de B[earn] sold through Hotel Drouot, Paris, 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