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Plateau 'Paris', three gobelets 'litron' et soucoupes of the third size, pot à lait 'à trois pieds'
  • Tray and Tea Service
  • Plateau 'Paris', three gobelets 'litron' et soucoupes of the third size, pot à lait 'à trois pieds'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jaques-François Paris (or Deparis) (1735 - 1797), Designer, Model
    Louis-François Lécot (1741 - 1800), Painter, and Gilder
    Possibly Charles-François Bolvry (*1740), Repareur, or
    Possibly Bougnon aîné (active between: 1753/4-1798/1811), Repareur
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1779
  • Hard-paste porcelain and enamel, painted and gilded
  • Tray, C407, Size: 48 x 37 cm
    Cups, C408-10, Height: 5.8 cm
    Saucers, C410, Diameter: 12.5 cm
    Milk jug, C411, Height: 9.9 cm
    Sugar bowl, C412, Height: 6.3 cm
    Teapot and cover, C413, Height: 12.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls surmounted by a crown for hard paste and enclosing 'bb' the date letter for 1779
    Painter's mark: 'L' Painted in gilding
    Painter's mark: 'L.' for Louis-François Lécot
    Incised mark: 'Bo' probably for Bolvry aîné or Bougnon aîné
    Incised mark: A segment and a cross
    Incised mark: A scrolling Z
    Incised mark: 'III' (?)
    Incised mark: 'go'
    Incised mark: 'p'
    Incised mark: 'da' and 'h' (?)
  • C407-13
  • Study
Commentary
History
Images & Media
  • This tray and tea service derive their name from the designer, Jacques-François Paris (op. 1775-1781). Decorated with foliage and acanthus motifs in relief, the shape of the large tray is based on eighteenth-centuty Dutch delft plaques, probably themselves inspired by Canton enamels.
    The novel decoration was devised for early hard-paste porcelain, which had been introduced at Sèvres in the late 1760s. The pieces are painted by Louis-François Lécot, who specialised on chinoiserie scenes on hard-paste and show varied exotic scenes of ships in harbour and the occasional fisherman or monk in a rocky hermitage, while the tray featues a marine battle. Imitating Oriental cloisonné work, some of the rocks and tree trunks are in yellow and red gold and the rims are also gilded with a decorative border of scrolls.
    While the decoration is clearly influenced by earlier designs from the Meissen manufactory and seventeenth-century engravings which served to decorate eighteenth-century Dutch Delft plaques, the exact sources have not yet been identified.
    The service matches descriptions of Sèvres wares belonging to the duchesse de Mazarin or Louis XVI in Versailles.