The design of this flower-vase has been attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis, based on similarities in the outline to his drawing of a seau 'à liquers'. It was known in the 18th century by the name caisse or cuvette Courteille, after Jacques-Dominique de Courteille, the King's representative from 1751, who was appointed commissaire du roi at the manufactory in 1752, a post which he held until his death in 1767. The form was made in the three sizes, with examples of the first size dating from 1753 and those of the second and third sizes from 1759. See Geoffrey de Bellaigue, French Porcelain in the Collection of her Majesty the Queen, London, 2009, Vol. I, pp. 96-99, no. 2, for a full discussion of the shape together with an illustration of the plaster model preserved at Sèvres (fig. 2.3C), and a drawing of all three sizes in profile and plan view (fig. 2.4) annotated 'Caise a fleurs fait En Juillet 1759 2eme et 3me grandeur'. Copies of this shape include those made at Chelsea and Derby in the 18th century and Minton and Coalport in the 19th century.
See footnote to lot 30, a flower-vase of the same form, of the third size and also painted by Aloncle in 1768. These flower-vases, though not acquired at the same time may have originally formed part of a garniture of three.
François-Joseph Aloncle was a painter of birds, animals and landscapes active at Sèvres from 1758 to 1781.