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Vase (Cuvette Mahon)

Painted decoration by Jean-Louis Morin, After an engraving by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas, of a painting by David Teniers the Younger, et al1761

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The name of this vase, cuvette Mahon, refers to the British-occupied port of Mahón on the island of Minorca, which was captured by the French in 1756 at the beginning of the Seven Years' War. In addition to the cuvette Mahon, this French victory spawned other objects named after the town, including a sauce à la Mahonnaise, now known as mayonnaise.

The blue and gold decoration in three different patterns--trellis, pointillé, and vermiculé--over a pink ground is an unusual combination, very rarely seen on Sèvres porcelain. Jean-Louis Morin, who painted the farmyard scene, copied it from an engraving after a painting by the Flemish artist David Teniers the Younger.

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  • Title: Vase (Cuvette Mahon)
  • Creator: Painted decoration by Jean-Louis Morin, After an engraving by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas, of a painting by David Teniers the Younger, et al
  • Date: 1761
  • Location Created: Sèvres, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 14.9 x 23 x 11.9 cm (5 7/8 x 9 1/16 x 4 11/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Soft paste porcelain, pink ground color overlaid with blue enamelled, polychrome enamelled decoration and gilding
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Painted under one foot with the blue crossed "L"'s of the Sèvres manufactory enclosing the date letter "I" for 1761, and with Morin's mark "M".
  • Object Type: Vase
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 72.DE.65
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S110
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts

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