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Bulb Pot, ca. 1760

This is a Bulb pot. It was manufactured by Olérys and Laugier's pottery factory. It is dated ca. 1760 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is tin-glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

These bulb pots are exceptional sculptural examples of Olérys and Laugier’s production. The form signals the factory’s aim to move beyond painted decorations and into sculptural ornament following a trend set by Europe’s larger porcelain factories. It is possible that the form was a clever re-purposing from a tureen body form. Holes in the pierced lids are large enough to accommodate the hearty stalk of sunflowers grown in southern France.

It is credited Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.

  • Chair (England), 1750–60
  • carved and joined red walnut, silk damask (reproduction).
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2006-5-1

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Cache-pot, ca 1730
  • tin-glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.
  • 2017-20-8
  • Bonbonnière (England), ca. 1755
  • raised and chased gold, carved gray agate, enameling on gold.
  • Gift of the Panwy Foundation, from the collection of Maria Wyman.
  • 1994-129-3

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 29.2 × 27.5 × 13.8 cm (11 1/2 × 10 13/16 × 5 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

P.M.

Cite this object as

Bulb Pot, ca. 1760; Manufactured by Olérys and Laugier's pottery factory ; tin-glazed earthenware; H x W x D: 29.2 × 27.5 × 13.8 cm (11 1/2 × 10 13/16 × 5 7/16 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2017-20-6-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Moustier Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection.

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