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Marronnière 'tenant au plateau'
  • Chestnut Basket and Cover
  • Marronnière 'tenant au plateau'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1760
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Basket, Object size: 16.4 x 13.6 cm
    Plateau, Object size: 26.8 x 20.8 cm
    Total, Height: 13.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'G' the date letter for 1760
    Painter's mark: A smoking candle in a candlestick, presumable for an unidentified ground-colour painter
    Incised mark: 'Li'
  • C473
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • This 'marronnière' or chestnut bowl playfully evokes the design of a woven basket in luxurious soft-paste porcelain. The trellis-work is formed of a white zig-zag structure, entwined by a blue ribbon, and its handle and the bottom im of the bowl are designed to resemble cane rods. Gilding was added all over give more texture to the different imitated materials. In the dessert service, marronnières were for serving marrons glacés. Presumably the baskets were pierced to allow air to circulate round the chestnuts so they did not become too moist, and excess sugar or syrup could drip into the shallow well of the plateau.