Sèvres hard-paste neo-classical milk jug with yellow ground and arabesques, 1790
Pot à lait à pan?
Tall jug with high angular handle and faceted sides. Yellow ground, violet arabesques. Height 17.3 cm. Crowned interlaced Ls, date-letter NN for 1790, painter’s mark for François-Antoine Pfeiffer.
We have not seen another example of this shape.
According to the factory artists’ ledgers, Pfeiffer is recorded on 18 May 1790 as having painted “4 Caffetieres ou pots à lait diff. a Pan, et jonquille” with arabesque decoration (Vj5, f. 169v).
There is a teapot in the Bowes Museum of related shape and decoration. It bears the painter’s mark for Philippine jeune and can be linked to an entry in the artists’ ledgers for 9 June 1790, when he is paid for decorating three pieces of a fond jaune cabaret with arabesques.
Provenance: Collection of the ducs de Mortemart.
One chip to the spout and one to the base of the handle.