Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Not on view
This deep blue ground color was known at Vincennes as bleu lapis or lapis blue, named after the mineral lapis lazuli, long prized for the intensity of its color. Most ground colors were applied over the glaze once it had been fired; in contrast, blue lapis was applied and fired before the piece was glazed.
Marking: Painted on underside:  Crossed L's enclosing A (in underglaze blue) with four small points at top and sides of L's and below the A (in blue enamel) (Vincennes factory mark and date letter for 1754)
Incised under glaze inside foot rim:  2
Possibly Baron Louis de Rothschild ; [ Stiebel Ltd. , New York, before 1950; sold to Mr. Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1950; to MMA)