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Flower holder - cuvette Verdun

cuvette Verdun

  • Object:

    Flower holder

  • Place of origin:

    Sèvres (made)

  • Date:

    1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vielliard, André-Vincent père (painted by)
    Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, applied with a ground colour, painted in enamels, gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case W, shelf 3

Physical description

Flower vase or trough in soft-paste porcelain of undulating profile with a fixed central longitudinal division and scrolling leaf handles, decorated with a turquoise blue ground reserved with a tavern scene painted in enamels, edged with gilded patterns.

Place of Origin

Sèvres (made)


1760 (made)


Vielliard, André-Vincent père (painted by)
Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, applied with a ground colour, painted in enamels, gilded

Marks and inscriptions

crossed Ls mark enclosing date letter G for 1760
'G' was formerly thought to denote 1759 or 1759-60 (see Peters reference)

mark of painter Vielliard

Object history note

See pair to this vase 754-1882

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Carey, Juliet. Peasants on porcelain: Sèvres and the taste for Teniers. Oliver Fairclough, John Whitehead and Aileen Dawson eds. French Porcelain Society Journal III , 2007. pp. 111-130 ISSN 1479-8042
King, William. Catalogue of the Jones Collection, II, Ceramics, ormolu, goldsmiths' work, enamels, sculpture, tapestry, books, and prints. Victoria and Albert Museum: 1924. 18 p., no. 116, ill. plate 6.
Peters, David. An examination of Vincennes and early Sèvres date letters. The French Porcelain Society, A transcript of the talk given at the French Porcelain Society Study Day on 17 June 2014. London, 2014. Following a detailed analysis of the records against existing pieces, Peters has suggested 'G’ is now for 1760, not 1759-60 as formerly thought.
Savill, Rosalind. The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, 3 vols. London: Trustees of the Wallace Collection, 1988. See Vol 1, pp. 97-100, for a discussion of a vase of this shape (called a vase 'à compartiments' or 'Choisy'), and an example in the Wallace Collection C226. (See Froissart below for a more recent examination of this and similar shapes, linking this one convincingly to the name 'cuvette Verdun'). See vol III, Appendix I Designers, shareholders, dealers for details of the marquis de Courteille pp. 974-5, and pp. 988-9 for Jean-François Verdun de Monchiroux, fermier-général , and original shareholder in Vincennes-Sèvres, after whom this shape is named.
Cyrille Froissart, Des Cuvettes Démasquées . Lecture given at The French Porcelain Society Study Day, 17 June 2014. Illustrated p. 16. For full illustrated text in English see: http://www.cyrillefroissart.com/fr/fiche.php3?id_article=4913

Production Note

This shape is listed as a 'vase' (or 'cuvette') 'à fleurs Verdun' in the factory records


Soft paste porcelain

Subjects depicted

Figures; Taverns


Porcelain; Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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