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Ecuelle 'ronde tournée' of the third size and plateau 'ovale' of the second size
  • Covered Bowl and Plateau
  • Ecuelle 'ronde tournée' of the third size and plateau 'ovale' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1764 (with later decoration) (Probably with later decoration)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Covered bowl, C428, Object size: 11.8 x 17 cm
    Plateau, C429, Object size: 22.7 x 18.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing L the date letter for 1764 Painted, indistinct
    Painter's mark: the symbol for André-Vincent Vielliard Painted
    Incised mark: 'Du' and 'o'
    Incised mark: 'gc'
  • C428-9
  • Reserve Vault 3
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • 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 a round bowl featuring handles of entwined scrolls and one in the form of a laurel branch on the cover.
    Both pieces are decorated with an overglaze blue ‘bleu nouveau’ ground overlaid with ‘vermiculé’ ('worm-tunnel') gilding. The painted pastoral trophies and children in the manner of Boucher were a common subject at Sèvres, but since the matching decoration on a toilet pot now in the Victoria and Albert Museum is considered to be nineteenth century, our set is also likely to have been decorated at a later stage and the painter Vieillard's mark a forgery.