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Sèvres Cream Jug (Pot à Crème de Vache) (1816 France)


SÈVRES (worked from c.1756)

Country of Origin





10.20cm wide   16.60cm high   17.00cm deep
(4.02 inches wide  6.54 inches high  6.69 inches deep)


Bard Brongniart, p. 201 where this shape is mentioned in the entry on the déjeuner de formes variées; Linda Roth, "A Sèvres Pot à crème Tête de Bélier", Mélanges en souvenir d'Elisalex d'Albis, Paris 1999, pp. 124-130

Description / Expertise

This shape was designed by Alexandre-Evariste Fragonard in 1816. It relates to the pot à crème tête de belier produced at the factory from 1813, as part of a tea service with varied hapes, such as a teapot formed as an ostrich egg and a sugar bowl as a pineapple. By contrast the present shape was made as a stand-alone object: about 12 were made, some in white and go and some with ground colours. This example was made in 1816 (incised sz stands for seize). It was one of the first 3 made, described as “richement dorés”, entering the Sèvres shop on December 27th 1816, at a production cost of 75 francs and a sales price of 90 francs. The only other one known to survive is a damaged example with a missing handle.


printed interlaced Ls including ‘Sevres’ and a fleurde lys; incised JB and sz. 11.