Gold-Mounted Vincennes Porcelain Bleu Lapis Jug and Cover (Pot à l'Eau Tourné, 3ème Grandeur)
Circa 1751-53, blue interlaced L's mark, faint incised script l, the mounts with warranty and decharge for 1752-53
The hot-water jug of pear shape with sparrow beak spout and loop handle, finely gilt and hand-tooled in the rococo taste with two exotic birds before palms within a tri-lobed gilt ciselé trelliswork cartouche, the surround issuing flower sprays and branches, the deep-cobalt blue reserve with further birds and insects, the hinged cover with rocaille-shell thumb-rest, the cover reserved with a single panel enclosing a bird in flight, within gilt dentil rims.
Height 4 7/8 inches.
It is rare to find a Vincennes piece with a fully marked mount. A rose pompadour pot à l'eau tourne et sa cuvette, of the second size, in the Wallace Collection, London is similarly mounted.
The gilding found on the present pot is typical of the high quality of chased gold work produced at Vincennes in the early years of the factory. The tri-lobed shaped cartouche issuing sprays of flowers entwined on trellis is also typical of this period of production.
For a bleu lapis gilt decorated pot à lait without sparrow beak spout, see the Victorian & Albert Collection, London, no. 792-1882. For a gilt-copper mounted bleu lapis pot à l'eau tourne, 3eme grandeur and basin, see Christie's, New York, 21 May 2003, lot 133. For a similarly decorated silver-gilt mounted jug and cover of the same size, see Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain from a New England Collection, Christie's New York, 5 May 1999, lot 18. Also see the urne pompadour of the same sale, lot 15 for a similarly tooled trellis surround. Further archival research recommended.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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