Mustard-Pot Tray (plateau de moutardier ordinaire)


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Mustard-Pot Tray (plateau de moutardier ordinaire)


LCSH: Porcelain, French—18th century—Pictorial works | Porcelain, French—Private collections | Porcelain, French—Vincennes—18th century—Slide collections | Vincennes porcelain—18th century—Pictorial works | Slides (Photography)—Private collections | Fritzsche, Ulrich—Art collections—Pictorial works | Ceramic tableware—France—18th century | Platters—France—18th century | Painted trays—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Flowers in art | Birds in art

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | trays | gilding-technique | porcelain painting (image-making) | flower (motif) | floral patterns | Aves (class)


35mm color slide of a yellow mustard-pot tray (Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory). It has scalloped, gilded edges and three white reserves, 2 oval on the sides, and 1 circular in the middle (for the mustard pot), all with gilt trim. The blue birds, branches, and flowers in the reserves are painted in a style called en camaïeu bleu (monochrome blue; a technique of painting with tints of a single color). Yellow was rarely used as a ground color, first appearing in 1753 (Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 51). Roth and Le Corbeiller note that mustard trays with accompanying mustard pots were first produced at Vincennes beginning in about 1752. Vincennes mustard pots tended to be shaped like barrels in an evocation of the medieval tradition of storing mustard in small barrels (2000, 269). The number 14 is handwritten on the slide.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object)


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


18th century (date of object)
October 1983 (date of slide)


Painter, Kirsten Blythe


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English | French


still image

Spatial Coverage


Temporal Coverage

eighteenth century (dates CE)

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Original Format

slide, scanned using an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner at 3200 dpi.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Mustard-Pot Tray (plateau de moutardier ordinaire),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed June 23, 2024,