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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
Designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis (probably)
(French, fl. 1745/48-1774, died 1783)
Painted by Charles Nicolas Dodin (attributed to)
(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.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 216


Manufacture nationale de Sèvres (Manufacturer)


Vase (Cuvette Mahon)






Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding


24 × 28.9 × 16 cm (8 × 11 3/8 × 6 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

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

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