Vase (Cuvette "Mahon")
Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (Manufacture royale de porcelaine de Sèvres)
Soft paste porcelain
H. 8 1/8 in., W. 11 1/2 in.
This vase of sinuous shape is a strong statement of rococo design by the chief Sèvres factory designer Jean-Claude Duplessis. The name "Mahon" refers to the town of Mahon on the island of Minorca, which was captured by the French in 1756 in what was celebrated as one of the greatest triumphs of the Seven Years’ War. The vase was among the earliest productions in the famous pink (roze) that would become a trademark of Sèvres. It was purchased in 1758 by the duc d’Orléans at the private sale that the king put together every year at Versailles to promote the products of his beloved factory.
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
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