Vincennes bleu lapis cylindrical tankard and cover, Pot à boire or tasse litron couvert

1754
Unidentified painter’s mark of an ermine spot. Incised 4 to the base.
Height - 13.60cm

The cylindrical body with two floral sprays in richly gilt cartouches of reeds and flowers, repeated on the cover beneath the flower finial.

Another example of this rare shape in the Museo degli Argenti, Florence, also of 1754 and with the same incised mark is illustrated in Svend Eriksen and Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Sèvres Porcelain, Vincennes and Sèvres 1740-1800, London, 1987, p.277, no.92, where they suggest that it probably corresponds to what is described as a Gobelet au lait de Chopine in the stock-list of 1752.

David Peters lists the ermine spot as the mark of a flower painter in use between 1753-60 and points out that it coincides with the work period of J-J Sioux.

Condition - The porcelain in perfect condition, the ciselure on the gilding excellent. Slight losses to the gilding on the rim.

Provenance - The Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection, Christie’s New York, 21-22 March 1991, lot 178
With Robert Williams from whom it was acquired on 11 June 1991.
The Collection of John Shearer, sold Christie’s 25 November 2014, lot 5.

Exhibited: Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1956, no. 430 a-b

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