Sugar Bowl

teal and white covered sugar bowl with chain pattern and floral decorations, gold trim

Sugar Bowl (Sucrier Calabre)
Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
French, 1756
Soft-paste porcelain
H. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm), diam. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Gift of Miss Helen Clay Frick, 1934

This sugar bowl is named after Pierre Calabre, one of the earliest stockholders in the porcelain manufactory. It was made in 1756, the year the manufactory moved from Vincennes to Sèvres, after a design invented in the early 1750s. The decoration is by Vincent Taillandier (act. 1753–90), who specialized in the painting of flowers on a small scale, among them, the roses, convolvuli, narcissi, cornflowers, and tulips seen here. This expensive type of decoration was favored by Madame de Pompadour, Madame Victoire, fourth daughter of Louis XV, and other important French aristocrats. Such sugar bowls were sold individually or as part of a tea set.


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