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Basket (Corbeille basse) from the "Service iconographique grec"

Made by: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

Currently in storage

About this object

This empire-style gilded, reticulated basket with a blue band glazed to imitate lapis lazuli almost gives the appearance of a piece of Greek jewelry. It is from the "Service iconographique grec." The basket reveals the influence of Greek and Roman motifs and forms and how they defined the Empire style in France and Europe.

The basket is round with a spraying rim. The walls are pierced to create a pattern of interlocking reeds resembling a stylized plant form. The base consists of three sections: a braided band in gold, a deep blue band with gold specks and veins imitating lapis lazuli and a foot section with a reed pattern in gold.

Object name:
Basket (Corbeille basse) from the "Service iconographique grec"
Made from:
Hard paste porcelain
Made in:
FRANCE: Sèvres
Date made:
ca. 1813
overall __3.00 in __ __ __7.50 in
overall __7.62 cm __ __ __19.05 cm

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
Label __Coutau-Begarie 378 __Inside basket __Will probably be removed before object is displayed. ||Inscription __13.av.12 __Bottom of basket __In green paint. Appears to be an old accession number. ||Label __Art Ceramique Ancien/NICOLIER/Expert/7, Quai Voltaire, Paris __Bottom of basket __Cream colored label with brown printing. ||Inscription __M.L. __Incised under glaze at center bottom of basket. ||Inscription __de Sevres/1812 __In red at center bottom of basket
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2004
Featured in publication:
"Hillwood: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977-2007","Sèvres Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000"