(pot à eau à la Romaine uni et jatte ovale) each piece colorfully painted with birds in flight, some bearing leafy branches, reserved within pear-shaped panels on either side of the ewer and shaped oval panels on the interior sides of the basin, all edged in tooled gilding with borders of flowers and foliage, the basin with an incised script v.
A bleu lapis-ground ewer of the same form and a basin, both similarly decorated with birds in flight, are illustrated by Linda H. Roth and Clare Le Corbeiller, French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum, p. 294, fig. 148, and fully discussed on pp. 293-95, where the authors comment that this model for this ewer was designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis, probably "sometime in the second half of 1751." The authors further note that factory records list three sales of bleu lapis ewers of this form and basins decorated with polychrome birds between 1753-54: "One sale was to Monsieur de Betz fo 300 livres, another to Lazare Duvaux in December 1753 for 220 livres, and a third, through Duvaux, to Madame de Pompadour on 23 June 1754, for 300 livres." A bleu lapis-ground pot à la Romaine similarly decorated to the present example with pear-shaped panels of of birds and bearing the date letter A for 1753/54 is in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
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