Pitcher (broc ordinaire)


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Pitcher (broc ordinaire)


LCSH: Porcelain, French—18th century—Pictorial works | Porcelain, French—Private collections | Porcelain, French—Sèvres—18th century—Slide collections | Sèvres porcelain—18th century—Pictorial works | Slides (Photography)—Private collections | Fritzsche, Ulrich—Art collections—Pictorial works | Ceramic tableware—France—18th century | Pitchers—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Landscapes on porcelain—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Plants in art | Flowers in art | Trees in art | Fruit in art | Grapes in art | Agriculture in art | Harvesting—Pictorial Works | Vielliard, André-Vincent —Pictorial works

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | pitchers (vessels) | gilding-technique | porcelain painting (image-making) | landscapes (representations) | flower (motif) | trees | fruit (plant components) | grape (berry fruit) | farming (activity or system) | harvesting


35mm color slide of a pitcher (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). This type of pitcher is known as a broc ordinaire, which refers to a pitcher without a cover, in contrast to the covered style known as broc couvert (Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 232). The body is dominated by a large painted reserve depicting a grape harvest (basket of grapes, various implements, vineyard in the distance). The overall white ground is adorned by a honeycomb of repeated hexagonal cells, consisting of tiny dotted red and blue circles, some of which are punctuated by a gilded central dot. This gilded-dot style is usually called œil de perdrix (partridge-eye), and sometimes termed fond Taillandier, but some scholars argue that the latter term is often erroneously applied (Savill 1988, 3:1175–76; Roth and Le Corbeiller 2000, 209, 382). The pitcher has the painter’s mark for André-Vincent Vielliard the elder (1717–90; active 1752–90; known as Vielliard père or Vielliard aîné, sometimes spelled Vieillard), who was one of the most prolific and well-known painters at Vincennes and Sèvres (Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 97; Savill 3:1074). The number 30 is handwritten on the slide.

Find more details on œil de perdrix, Vielliard, and painters’ marks in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit.


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


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


18th century (date of object)
March 1979 (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); Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Pitcher (broc ordinaire),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed June 23, 2024, https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/show/2940.