The Wallace Collection

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Plateau 'du roi' of the second size, gobelet 'Hébert' et soucoupe of the second size and pot à sucre
  • Tea Service
  • Plateau 'du roi' of the second size, gobelet 'Hébert' et soucoupe of the second size and pot à sucre
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • François-Joseph Aloncle (1734 - 1781), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1762
  • Soft-paste porcelain and enamel, painted and gilded
  • Tray, C387, Size: 24.6 x 17.4 cm
    Cup, C388, Height: 6 cm
    Saucer, C388, Diameter: 13.4 cm
    Sugar bowl and cover, C389, Height: 9 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'I' the date letter for 1762 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'N' for François-Joseph Aloncle
    Incised mark: '60'
    Incised mark: '3' or a reversed 3
    Incised mark: 'gp'
    Incised mark: 'I'
  • C387-9
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • A ‘déjeuner’ was a small tea set on a tray, including cups and saucers and sometimes other items used for breakfast.
    This set pairs a ‘gobelet Hébert et soucoupe’ and a ‘pot à sucre Hébert’, both with typically pear-shaped outlines (for other ‘Hébert’ wares, see Museum Nrs. C254, C255, C455), with a small tray. Probably a ‘plateau du roi’, the model was named after King Louis XV and probably based on one of the trays included in the large dinner service the manufactory designed for him during the early 1750s. With its small size and oval shape, it could have been used to hold either two jam pots or a set of cup and saucer such as this one.
    The pieces are richly decorated with a rose ground overlaid with blue marbling, a carmine ‘caillouté’ (‘pebble-stone’) pattern and sablé (sand) gilding.
    The marbled effect seems to have been in use from 1769-63 only and would be achieved by partially scraping away the blue coating, applied over an already fired rose ground. The carmine and gilded details would be added as a last step. Birds in landscapes are painted in the main reserves.