Teapot from a tea service for twelve
On View In:
Gallery 310
Artist:   Christophe-Ferdinand Caron
Sèvres Porcelain Factory  
Title:   Teapot from a tea service for twelve  
Date:   1807-1808  
Medium:   Porcelain, enamel, gilt  
Dimensions:   8 x 8 x 4 1/4 in. (20.32 x 20.32 x 10.8 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Groves Foundation Fund  
Location:   Gallery 310  

The Emperor Napoleon commissioned this service in 1807 and presented it to Prince William of Prussia in September, 1808. Each piece of the set, called a cabaret, is decorated with at least one scene derived from Jean de la Fontaine's (1621-95) Fables. The high quality of all the painted scenes marks this service as one of Christophe-Ferdinand Caron's greatest achievements while working as an animal painter at Sevres between 1792 and 1815. Caron studied plants at the botanical gardens in Paris as well as books on various animals and birds to create detailed scenes of the fables. Stories illustrated on the cups include the tortoise and the hare and the fox and the stork.

Name:   Caron, Christophe-Ferdinand  
Role:   Decorator  
Nationality:   French (Sèvres)  
Life Dates:   French, 1774 - 1831  
Name:   Sèvres Porcelain Factory  
Role:   Manufacturer  
Life Dates:   Paris, est. 1756  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Inscription; Stamp on bottom: [Le Lion et le Moucheron] [L'Elephant et le Singe de Jupiter] stamped on bottom: [M.Imp te de Sèvres, 7]  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   Presented by Emperor Napoleon the First to Prince William of Prussia in 1808; painted with scenes from the Fables of La Fontaine  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , , Sèvres  
Accession #:   81.101.1a,b  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts