This is a bulb pot. It was manufactured by Olérys and Laugier's pottery factory. It is dated ca. 1760 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is tin-glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
These bulb pots are exceptional sculptural examples of Olérys and Laugier’s production. The form signals the factory’s aim to move beyond painted decorations and into sculptural ornament following a trend set by Europe’s larger porcelain factories. It is possible that the form was a clever re-purposing from a tureen body form. Holes in the pierced lids are large enough to accommodate the hearty stalk of sunflowers grown in southern France.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 29.2 × 27.5 × 13.8 cm (11 1/2 × 10 13/16 × 5 7/16 in.)
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Bulb Pot; Manufactured by Olérys and Laugier's pottery factory ; tin-glazed earthenware; H x W x D: 29.2 × 27.5 × 13.8 cm (11 1/2 × 10 13/16 × 5 7/16 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2017-20-5-a,b