Butter tub with attached round dish and cover


Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)

Object Place: France


Overall: 8.4 x 20.5 cm (3 5/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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The cylindrical dish is designed to resemble a wood tub. It is molded with two raised parallel bands that encircle the body near the rim and two vertical handles, each pierced with a hole, which rise from the rim. The base of the dish is attached to the well of the stand, which has sloping slides and a projecting flange. The slightly domed cover is notched to accommodate the handles and is fitted with a angular U-shaped finial. Irregularly shaped white circles outlined in gold and painted with red dots are reserved on the blue (blue Fallot) ground, which is decorated with circles of gilt dots (fond Taillandier). The elliptical reserves on the dish, cover, and stand are painted with mixed flowers, and each reserve is framed by a tooled and burnished gilt band.


Interlaced Ls (partially abraded) enclosing date letter O, a dot above (possibly the abraded mark of a comma for Charles-Louis Méreaud jeune), in blue enamel


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