The Wallace Collection

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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
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Covered bowls like this one were not used at the dinner table but specifically intended for the bedroom or boudoir to serve hot broths 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 Sèvres created for the Turkish market (see also museum number C495).
    The playful trophies by Jean-Baptiste Tandart (op. 1754-1800) show musical and astrological instruments, and attributes of pilgrimage.