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Lidded Pot-pourri Vase (vase or pot-pourri vaisseau à mât, deuxième grandeur)
Painting on front panel attributed to Charles-Nicolas Dodin (French, 1734 - 1803, active at Sèvres, France from 1754)
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, active 1756 - present)
Sèvres, France (Place created)
Soft paste porcelain; pink and green ground colors; polychrome enamel decoration and gilding
37.5 x 34.8 x 17.3 cm (14 3/4 x 13 11/16 x 6 13/16 in.)
This boat-shaped vase is one of the most famous models introduced by the Sèvres
The shape derives from the nef, a table decoration in the form of a ship, usually of precious metals, 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. Claude-Nicolas Dodin painted the rustic scene on the front, copying an engraving after a painting by the Flemish artist David Teniers the Younger.