Pomade Pot with Ornaments (pot à pommade à ornements)


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Pomade Pot with Ornaments (pot à pommade à ornements)


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 | Cosmetics containers—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Birds in art | Trees in art | Evans, Etienne—Pictorial works

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | cosmetics jars | porcelain painting (image-making) | gilding-technique | plant-derived motifs | trees | Aves (class)


35mm color slide of a pomade pot (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). It has a white ground adorned with gilded molding. At the center of the body is a painting of an exotically colorful bird perched on a branch. This type of pomade pot represents a new style of object called à ornements (with ornaments), which referred to the layered and sculpted molding used to decorate the pieces. Pomade pots were used for hair grease or face creams, while the pomade itself, as noted in Diderot’s Encyclopédie of 1765, “was made from apples and goat’s fat, mixed with lemon juice, white wine, almond oil, and perfumes” (la graisse de chevreau, des pommes de court-pendu…) (Savill 1988, 2:720–21). This particular object from the Fritzsche Collection is noted by Savill 1988, 2:721, 727n26. The mark is for Étienne Evans (active 1752–1806), a painter of “birds, butterflies, landscapes, and flowers,” whose painter’s mark was a dagger (Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 149, 154 no. 202, 174n202; see also Tardy 1981, 539). The number 33 is handwritten on the slide.


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


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


1766 (date of object)
20th century (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), “Pomade Pot with Ornaments (pot à pommade à ornements),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed July 23, 2024, https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/show/2943.