Wine-glass cooler

Seau a verre

probably 1754–55
Made at Vincennes Manufactory (France)

Object Place: Europe, Vincennes/Sevres, France


11.8 x 17.7 x 13.7 cm (4 5/8 x 6 15/16 x 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

Not On View





One of a pair, see 65.1858. The seaux are pail shaped and taper to a flat foot. The handles are ear shapedwith an additional curve towards the base of the handle. A raised band runs a round the circumference of each seau where the top of the handle joins the body; a similar parallel band is located near the foot. The quatrefoil reserves are painted with flowers on the obverse and fruit on the reverse and are framedby elaborate, tooled gilt borders. The ground color, which is turquoise (bleu celeste), is more mottled than usual.


Two dots in blue enamel on base; incised 4 and a square; other marks possibly obscured by later-drilled hole.


Possibly Burdett Couts, England [see note 1]. Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York; March 26, 1948, Rosenberg & Stiebel sold 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)

[1] According to Jeffrey H. Munger, in "The Forsythe Wickes Collection" (1992, P. 166), Burdet Couts' ownership is listed but noted as unverified.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection