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Ewer (France), ca. 1800

This is a Ewer. It was manufactured by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated ca. 1800 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is glazed porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In 1800, Napoleon engaged engineer and scientist Alexandre Brongniart as director of the Sèvres porcelain factory. Brongniart introduced new ground colors and patterns to the ceramic designs, made through higher firing temperatures and scientific experimentation with metal oxides. Both the lavender and the green in this ewer are new colors from Brongniart’s era.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John Jay Ide, in memory of John Jay Ide.

  • Pitcher
  • porcelain.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1989-77-2

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 27.9 × 15.2 × 10.2 cm (11 × 6 × 4 in.)

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Ewer (France), ca. 1800; Manufactured by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (France); glazed porcelain; H x W x D: 27.9 × 15.2 × 10.2 cm (11 × 6 × 4 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John Jay Ide, in memory of John Jay Ide; 1991-45-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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