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Probably 'grande plateau carré'
  • Tray
  • Probably 'grande plateau carré'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably André-Vincent Vielliard (1717 - 1790), Painter, (fishing scene)
    Probably Jean-Baptiste Tandart (1729 - 1816), Painter, (flowers)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1758
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Object size: 45.4 x 30 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'E' the date letter for 1758
    Incised mark: '5'
  • C390
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This rectangular model was pobably named ‘grand plateau carré’ and usually came as part of a larger ‘déjeuner’ (a small tea set). Although matching pieces have not been identified, it is likely that the set was split up in the nineteenth century.
    The tray is decorated with a ‘rose mozaique' pattern, a rose ground forming trellis-work with enclosed painted flowers. While floral bouquets are also repeated on the reserves around the rim, the centre features a bucolic scene of children fishing. It is based on Jean-Baptiste Le Prince’s engraving ‘La pésche’, itself taken from one of eight decorative panels François Boucher painted for madame de Pompadour’s boudoir at Crécy (now at the Frick Collection). The scene was probably painted by André Vincent Vieillard, who specialised in Boucher-scenes and repeated this one on other Sèrves pieces. Parts of the elaborate gilding are outlined in carmine red to make the gold stand out against the rose ground.