Two Wine Bottle Coolers (seaux à bouteille)


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Two Wine Bottle Coolers (seaux à bouteille)


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 | Wine coolers—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Plants in art | Trees in art | Birds in art | Doves in art | Cherubs (Art) | Cupids (Art)

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | wine coolers (containers) | porcelain painting (image-making) | gilding-technique | plant-derived motifs | trees | Aves (class) | doves (Columbidae) | putti (motifs) | cupids


35mm color slide of two wine bottle coolers (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). The pale blue ground (bleu céleste) is punctuated by small white circles in a pointillé style: the white circles are bordered by darker, smaller blue dots. Although this has sometimes been termed fond Taillandier, some scholars argue that this is not the case (Savill 1988, 3:1175–76; Roth and Le Corbeiller 2000, 209, 382): “The documents … confuse the issue by describing pointillé grounds applied by Vincent or Geneviève as fond Taillandier” (Savill 1988, 3:1175). “The pattern of white circles on the bleu céleste ground may have been created by a resist method. This involved…placing dots of wax…where the white circles were to be and then powdering the rest with the turquoise pigment” (Roth and Le Corbeiller 2000, 209). The painted reserves depict cherubs in various poses. These reserves are framed by thick, burnished gilding and curving white bands, which are in turn adorned by garlands of laurel leaves and berries. Burnished gilding also accentuates both the rim and the molding of the scroll-shaped handles. The number 42 is handwritten on the slide.

Find more details on pointillé and similar décor in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit.


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


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18th century (date of object)
July 1986 (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), “Two Wine Bottle Coolers (seaux à bouteille),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed November 30, 2022,