Ewer and Basin (broc et jatte feuille d'eau, première grandeur)

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Ewer and Basin (broc et jatte feuille d'eau, première grandeur)


Possibly designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis the Elder (French, about 1695 - 1774)
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1756 - present)




Sèvres, France (Place created)




Soft-paste porcelain; pink ground color, polychrome enamel decoration; gilding

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This ewer and basin were probably made for display rather than for practical purposes. The vivid color of their pink ground, a new innovation in 1757 when this set was made, would have been particularly admired because it was expensive to produce and difficult to fire. The pink decoration with its gilded outlines imitates molded water lily leaves.

This pair is the larger of two sizes of ewers and basins of this shape made by the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, only a small number of which survive today. Scholars attribute the design of the models for this set to Jean-Claude Duplessis, the innovative head of the Sèvres modeling studio.

Related Works

Best, Son, and Carpenter. Catalogue of the Ornamental Furniture, Works of Art, and Porcelain at Welbeck Abbey (London, 1897), p. 52, no. 296.

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 181, no. 61.

Sassoon, Adrian. "Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain Acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), pp. 95-98, ill.

"Recent Ceramic Acquisitions by Major Museums." Burlington Magazine 127, no. 986 (May 1985), p. 345, no. 55.

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 74, no. 163.

Sassoon, James. "The Art Market/Sèvres and Vincennes." Apollo 125 (June 1987), pp. 440-41.

Battie, David, ed. Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Porcelain (London, 1990), p. 109, ill.

Sassoon, Adrian. Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain: Catalogue of the Collections (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), pp. 24-28, no. 5.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 128, no. 216.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 110, no. 226.