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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
  • A 'déjeuner' was a tea set which included cups, saucers and sometimes other items used for breakfast, as well as a matching tray. This one is named not after the city of Paris but after the designer, Jacques-François Paris (op. 1775-1781). It would originally have comprised a fourth cup and saucer and a lid for the sugar bowl.

    The set is in hard-paste porcelain, a technique which had been introduced at Sèvres in the late 1760s and could not yet take the same vibrant ground colours of the earlier soft-paste wares. The fanciful decoration is in keeping with the taste for idealised visions of the Far East, known as 'chinoiseries', but the motifs as such are very unusual. The exotic figures in landscapes and ship battle on the tray may be influenced by earlier designs from the Meissen factory and seventeenth-century Dutch ship paintings, but the exact sources have not yet been identified. They were painted by Louis-François Lécot (op. 1761-4, 1772-1800), who seems to have specialised in chinoiserie decoration in on hard-paste.
    The gilded band on the edges imitates Chinese 'cloisonné' decoration.

    Sèvres chinoiserie déjeuners were owned by the duchesse de Mazarin and Louis XVI.