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Vase (Cuvette Mahon)

A work made of soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding.


c. 1760


Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French, founded 1740_
Probably designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis (French, c. 1695-1774)
Painting attributed to Charles Nicolas Dodin (French, 1734-1803)

About this artwork

This wide-mouthed vase tapers sharply above four feet, which are formed by voluptuous scrolls. This rococo form was first produced in 1756 and was eventually made in three sizes, of which this is the largest. It was named vase Mahón to commemorate a military victory in the Seven Years’ War, in which the French captured the British-held town of Mahón on the island of Minorca. Ironically, neither the shape nor the painted decoration of this piece relates to the battle.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Jean-Claude Duplessis (Designer)


Vase (Cuvette Mahon)


Sèvres (Object made in)

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Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding


20.7 × 28.9 × 15.8 cm (8 1/8 × 11 3/8 × 6 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Joseph Maier and Arthur Lewis Liebman Memorial: Gift of Kenneth J. Maier, M.D.

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