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Pair of Wine Bottle Coolers (seaux à demi-bouteilles ordinaires)
Model originally designed in 1753 by Jean-Claude Duplessis père (French, about 1695 - 1774, active Sèvres, France 1745/1748 - 1774)
Gilded by Jean-Jacques Dieu (French, active Sèvres, France 1777 - 1811)
Sèvres Manufactory (French, active 1756 - present)
Sèvres, France (Place created)
Hard-paste porcelain; black enamel ground with platinum and gold decoration
These coolers were designed to hold half-bottles of wine set in ice or cold water and probably once formed part of a large dinner service. With their fanciful chinoiserie scenes of gold and platinum pagodas on a black ground, the wine coolers imitate Chinese
Scholars consider the rich decoration in gold and platinum on these wine coolers to be both rare and interesting. Only in the 1780s did porcelain makers at the Sèvres manufactory succeed in producing this deep blue-black ground by mixing oxides of iron, cobalt, and
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