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Écuelle 'ronde tournée' of the third size; plateau 'rond' of the third size
  • Covered Bowl and Plateau
  • Écuelle 'ronde tournée' of the third size; plateau 'rond' of the third size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • François-Joseph Aloncle (1734 - 1781), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1760
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Bowl and cover, C424, Height: 11.7 cm
    Bowl and cover, C424, Width: 16.8 cm
    Plateau, C425, Diameter: 20.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls (slightly foliate) enclosing 'G' the date letter for 1760 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'N' for François-Joseph Aloncle
    Incised mark: 'ap' and 'I'
    Incised mark: '4'
  • C424-5
  • European Armoury III
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  • Covered bowls or ‘écuelles’ like this one were not used at the dinner table but specificlly intended for the bedroom or boudoir for serving hot broths or soups during the lengthy ritual of the morning toilette. Its two handles would have allowed the soup to be drunk directly from the bowl and the cover kept the contents warm during the powdering and dressing, while slices of bread could be placed on the accompanying plateau.
    The round plateau is combined with a round bowl featuring handles of entwined scrolls on both sides and a laurel-branch handle on the cover. Decoated with a rose ground, both pieces are painted with birds in landscapes and flying bids in the centre of the plateau, framed by gilded scrolls of flowers and foliage. Pink-ground wares often had the gilding outlined in carmine (seemuseum numbers C366, C390, C450-1) which would prevent it from discolouring the ground colour, here having created a yellowish effect around the edges.
    The set was proably purchased by Madame Victoire, one of Louis XV’s daughters, in the big annual sale of December 1759.