Splendors of Versailles (April 1 to August 31, 1998)
- Mississippi Arts Pavilion (Jackson), April 1 to August 31, 1998
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Wine Bottle Cooler (seau à bouteille ordinaire)
Model originally by Jean-Claude Duplessis the Elder (French, about 1695 - 1774)
Painted reserves attributed to Charles-Eloi Asselin (French, 1742 - 1803)
Reserve "Mentor at Salentum" from engraving by Jean-Baptiste Tilliard (French, 1686 - 1766)
Gilding attributed to Etienne-Henri Le Guay (French, 1719/1720 - about 1799)
after a painting by Charles Monnet (French, 1732 - after 1808)
Reserve scene "Hercules" based on engraving by Georg Haas
after a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre (French, 1713 - 1789)
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1756 - present)
Sèvres, France (Place created)
Soft-paste porcelain, with beau bleu ground color, polychrome enamel decoration and gilding
18.9 × 25.9 cm (7 7/16 × 10 3/16 in.)
Both the dark, even background color and the detailed reserve scenes are of the very highest quality and indicate that this wine cooler was made for a royal client. The dark blue ground color, known in the factory archives as beau bleu (beautiful blue), was extremely difficult to fire. Without careful application, the color became patchy and uneven in the kiln or could bleed into other areas of the design. The central reserves are carefully painted with scenes from
The reserve "Mentor at Salentum" is from an engraving by Jean-Baptiste Tilliard, after a painting by Charles Monnet. The reserve scene "Hercules" is based on an engraving by Georg Haas, after a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre.
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Constans, Claire, and Xavier Salmon, eds. Splendors of Versailles, exh. cat. (Jackson, Miss., 1998), p. 207, no. 108.
Coutts, Howard. The Art of Ceramics: European Ceramic Design 1500-1830 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001), p. 207, fig. 256.