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Ecuelle 'unie pour le turc' of the first size and plateau 'ovale à bord de relief'
  • Covered Bowl and Plateau
  • Ecuelle 'unie pour le turc' of the first size and plateau 'ovale à bord de relief'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Baptiste Tandart (1729 - 1816), Painter
    Possibly Charles Buteux (1719 - 1782), Painter, (trophies)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1761
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Bowl and Cover, C426, Object size: 15.3 x 21.5 cm
    Plateau, C427, Object size: 6.2 x 31.5 x 23 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'H' the date letter for 1761 Painted
    Painter's mark: ' ּ ּ ּ ' for Jean-Baptiste Tandart Painted
    Incised mark: 'Gd' and '4'
  • C426-7
  • European Armoury III
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  • Covered bowls like this one were not used at the dinner table but specificlly intended for the bedroom or boudoir to serve 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.
    This set combines an oval plateau with overlapping scrolls foming handles, and a bowl with handles of twisting laurel branches, foliage and berries. As the name of the 'écuelle' indicates, it is one of the fifty-one models the manufactoy created specifically for the Turkish market during the early 1750s (see also museum number C495).
    Both pieces are decorated with geen-ground cartouches and painted with elaborate trophies and flowers by Jean-Baptiste Tandart (op. 1754-1800).