Lidded Pot-pourri Vase (vase or pot-pourri vaisseau à mât, deuxième grandeur)

Object Details

Title:

Lidded Pot-pourri Vase (vase or pot-pourri vaisseau à mât, deuxième grandeur)

Artist/Maker:

Painting on front panel attributed to Charles-Nicolas Dodin (French, 1734 - 1803)
Reserve scenes after engravings by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas (French, 1707 - 1783)
after paintings by David Teniers the Younger (Flemish, 1610 - 1690)
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1756 - present)

Culture:

French

Place:

Sèvres, France (Place created)

Date:

1760

Medium:

Soft-paste porcelain; pink and green ground colors; polychrome enamel decoration and gilding

Dimensions:

37.5 × 34.8 × 17.3 cm (14 3/4 × 13 11/16 × 6 13/16 in.)

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This boat-shaped vase is one of the most famous models introduced by the Sèvres porcelain manufactory; such discerning patrons as Madame de Pompadour and her brother the marquis de Marigny collected vases of this form. Among the largest vessels produced by the factory, these vases were extremely difficult to fire; the multiple piercings in the body weakened the overall structure, and they tended to collapse in the kiln. Consequently, only about twelve were ever produced, ten of which survive today.

The shape derives from the nef, a table decoration in the form of a ship, which was usually of precious metals and used since medieval times. This vase would have held potpourri used to perfume a room. Eighteenth-century ladies made their own, experimenting with various ingredients and sometimes blending essences for as long as nine years. Vases known as vaisseau à mat (masted ships) were made to be sold with other vases of different shapes to form a garniture. Charles-Nicolas Dodin painted the rustic scene on the front, copying an engraving after a painting by the Flemish artist David Teniers the Younger.

Exhibitions
Exposiciòn de obras maestras: Colecciòn Paula de Koenigsberg (October, 1945)
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires, October to October, 1945
El Arte de vivir en Francia del Siglo XVIII (September 24, 1968 to November 4, 1968)
  • Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (Buenos Aires), September 24 to November 4, 1968
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