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Drawing, Design for a Painted Porcelain Feuilles de Choux (Cabbage Leaves) Salad Bowl, 1760–75

This is a Drawing. It was company: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated 1760–75 and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is brush and watercolor, black chalk on cream laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This charming salad bowl design – created by Jacques-François Micaud – offers a cabbage leaf shape, which became typical of French Sèvres porcelainware in the mid 1700’s. It also illustrates how tableware became use-specific in 18th-century France. Micaud, who entered the Sèvres Manufacture at the age of twenty-two, was specialized in floral decorations. This design is no exception, produced at the beginning of his carrier in the manufacture. The elevation and plan emphasize the intricate patterning for which Sèvres was famous, including sprays of roses, tulips, colored daisies, and blue and yellow-brown painted scallops on the edges. The ornate floral bouquets and polychromatic decoration are proportionally reduced for this bowl, leaving much of the space white and hence giving an overall impression of balance, delicacy and grace.

This object was catalogued by Julie Pastor. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

  • Bowl (France), 1763
  • soft-paste porcelain with overglaze enameling and gilding.
  • The John Jay Ide Collection.
  • 1963-75-1

Our curators have highlighted 6 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Verrière (France), 1772
  • soft-paste porcelain, hand-painted enamel.
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.
  • 1977-57-2

Its dimensions are

45.3 x 31.7 cm (17 13/16 x 12 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

Watermark: D C BLAUW, similar to Churchill 328; Stamp in black black ink, verso, upper right center, Lugt 457d: Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, upper center: N° 8 hauteur d'un Saladier feuilles de choux p're grandeur; along lower right edge, vertically: N° 8 Saladier feuilles de Choux que. grandeur . 60"; in graphite, verso lower left: p. 16

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Painted Porcelain Feuilles de Choux (Cabbage Leaves) Salad Bowl, 1760–75; Company: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (France); France; brush and watercolor, black chalk on cream laid paper; 45.3 x 31.7 cm (17 13/16 x 12 1/2 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1938-88-8312

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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