FRENCH PORCELAIN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION

FROM SÈVRES TO FIFTH AVENUE: FRENCH PORCELAIN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION, The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, near Fifth Avenue, until 24th April 2016

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory Model by: Jean-Claude Duplessis (c.1695- 1774) Pot-Pourri Myrte with Flemish Scenes and Landscapes, c.1762 soft-paste porcelain on gilt bronze plinth 14 3/16 x 7 1/8 in. (36 x 18.1 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest Accession number: 1918.9.10

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Model by: Jean-Claude Duplessis (c.1695- 1774)
Pot-Pourri Myrte with Flemish Scenes and Landscapes, c.1762
soft-paste porcelain on gilt bronze plinth
14 3/16 x 7 1/8 in. (36 x 18.1 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1918.9.10

Now a museum, the building was originally built by Henry Clay Frick as a home and in it he wanted to emulate the great houses of the grandest European collectors by combining Old Masters with the best of the decorative arts. He achieved this with the help of the celebrated art dealer Sir Joseph Duveen.

Tea Service (milk jug, tea pot, sugar bowl) Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory French, 1767 Soft-paste porcelain Teapot: 51/2 x 7 3/16 x 4 1/8 in. (14 x 18.3 x 10.5 cm) Sugar bowl: h. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm), diam. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) Milk jug: 4 5/8 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. (11.7 x 12.7 x 8.9 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest (1918.9.21−31)

Tea Service (milk jug, tea pot, sugar bowl)
Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
French, 1767
Soft-paste porcelain
Teapot: 51/2 x 7 3/16 x 4 1/8 in. (14 x 18.3 x 10.5 cm)
Sugar bowl: h. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm), diam. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Milk jug: 4 5/8 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. (11.7 x 12.7 x 8.9 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest (1918.9.21−31)

Among the treasures on show is a wonderful group of Sèvres Porcelain which is being celebrated in this special exhibition organized by Charlotte Vignon, the Collection’s Curator of Decorative Arts and made possible by Sidney R. Knafel and Londa Weisman.

Tea Service (saucer, cup, cup and saucer) Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory French, 1767 Soft-paste porcelain Cups: 2 3/8 x 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in. (6 x 9.4 x 7.3 cm) Saucers: h. 1 13/8 in. (3.5 cm), diam. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest (1918.9.21−31)

Tea Service (saucer, cup, cup and saucer)
Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
French, 1767
Soft-paste porcelain
Cups: 2 3/8 x 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in. (6 x 9.4 x 7.3 cm)
Saucers: h. 1 13/8 in. (3.5 cm), diam. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest (1918.9.21−31)

The Portico Gallery exhibition examines both the use of Sèvres in the ancien régime and its appeal in America’s Gilded Age and for this items normally on display and others usually in storage have been brought together.

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory Painted by: Jean-Baptiste Tandart  (active 1754- 1803) Plate: Part of a Dessert Service with Flowers and Turquoise Blue Ribbons, 1782 Soft-paste porcelain 1 x 9 3/8 in. (2.5 x 23.8 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest Accession number: 1918.9.36

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painted by: Jean-Baptiste Tandart  (active 1754- 1803)
Plate: Part of a Dessert Service with Flowers and Turquoise Blue Ribbons, 1782
Soft-paste porcelain
1 x 9 3/8 in. (2.5 x 23.8 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1918.9.36

Among the pieces Frick acquired is the wonderful Potpourri Vase “à Vaisseau” and a pair of side vases (Vases “à Oreilles,”) usually in the Fragonard Room.  Two years later in 1918 a boudoir was created on the second floor for Mrs Frick (it was later moved to the main floor) and Duveen supplied a garniture of three potpourri vase feuilles de mirte for the mantelpiece and in a cabinet in the room there were pieces with a turquoise blue (bleu céleste) ground colour. Further acquisitions included a pair of Vincennes Vases Duplessis “à Enfants” and a 1767 turquoise ground tea service decorated with birds.

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory Painted by: Jean-Louis Morin (active 1754- 1787) Gilded by: Henri-Martin Prévost aîné (active 1757- 1797) Water Jug with Marine Scenes, Turquoise Blue Ground, 1781 soft-paste porcelain 8 1/4 x 5 5/8 x 5 1/8 in. (21 x 14.3 x 13 cm) Gift of Miss Helen Clay Frick, 1934 Accession number: 1934.9.44

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painted by: Jean-Louis Morin (active 1754- 1787)
Gilded by: Henri-Martin Prévost aîné (active 1757- 1797)
Water Jug with Marine Scenes, Turquoise Blue Ground, 1781
soft-paste porcelain
8 1/4 x 5 5/8 x 5 1/8 in. (21 x 14.3 x 13 cm)
Gift of Miss Helen Clay Frick, 1934
Accession number: 1934.9.44

The collection has been added to over the years with gifts from other family members and generous donors.  The Vase Japon, for example, was bought by the Trustees to mark the retirement of Anne L. Poulet, the Museum’s Director, in 2011.

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory Gilded by: Jean-Armand Fallot active between: 1764 - 1790 Vase Japon, 1774 Hard paste porcelain with overglaze and gilt painted decoration, and gilt silver hardware 20.3 cm (8 in.) Height: 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) Purchase in honor of Anne L. Poulet, 2011 Accession number: 2011.9.01

Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Gilded by: Jean-Armand Fallot active between: 1764 – 1790
Vase Japon, 1774
Hard paste porcelain with overglaze and gilt painted decoration, and gilt silver hardware
20.3 cm (8 in.) Height: 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Purchase in honor of Anne L. Poulet, 2011
Accession number: 2011.9.01

To me this is a show which underlines the beauty and enduring appeal of Sèvres Porcelain to successive generations of collectors and admirers.

Martin Carlin (attributed to) (c. 1730 - 1785) Painted by: Edmé-François Bouillat (active 1785-1793) Gilded by: Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux l'aîné (1752 - 1788) Directed Production: Dominique Daguerre Gilt-Bronze Tripod Table with Sèvres Porcelain Plaques, c.1783 gilt-bronze, oak, and Sèvres soft-paste porcelain 29 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (74.9 x 37.1 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest Accession number: 1918.5.61

Martin Carlin (attributed to) (c. 1730 – 1785)
Painted by: Edmé-François Bouillat (active 1785-1793)
Gilded by: Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux l’aîné (1752 – 1788)
Directed Production: Dominique Daguerre
Gilt-Bronze Tripod Table with Sèvres Porcelain Plaques, c.1783
gilt-bronze, oak, and Sèvres soft-paste porcelain
29 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (74.9 x 37.1 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1918.5.61

 

 

Footnote:

Frick Collection Dec ArtsThis image of the cover of The Frick Collection Decorative Arts Handbook, which was published last year, depicts the Potpourri Vase “à Vaisseau” mentioned above.  I gather that they are selling out quite quickly so do get in touch with the Museum should you require one.

 

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