Covered sugar basin

French
about 1755
Made at Mennecy Manufactory (France)


Dimensions

12.06 x 10.16 x 12.06 cm (4 3/4 x 4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.1991a-b

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The fluted oval bowl and voluted cover have been molded to suggest a shell. The cover is notched for a spoon, and the rim is painted purple. The basin and the cover are decorated with sprays of flowers painted in puce, yellow, blue, purple, and green. Two floral sprays are painted in the interior of the basin, and one is painted on the underside of the base to disguise a fire crack.

Markings

incised DV (obscured by painted decoration)

Provenance

1955, Lucien Lévy, Paris; June 20, 1955, sold by Lévy 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