The Wallace Collection

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Ecuelle 'ronde tournce' of the third size; plateau 'rond' of the third size
  • Covered Bowl and Plateau
  • Ecuelle 'ronde tournce' of the third size; plateau 'rond' of the third size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Louis Méreaud the Younger (1735 - 1780), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1766
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Covered bowl, C430, Object size: 11.6 x 17.2 cm
    Plateau, C431, Diameter: 20 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'n' the date letter for 1766 Painted
    Painter's mark: A comma, for Charles-Louis Méreaud (jeune) Painted
    Incised mark: 'o'
    Incised mark: 'OO'
  • C430-1
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • Covered bowls (‘écuelles’) and plateaux were for broths or soups, served with bead on the side. They were not used at the dinner table but specifically intended for the bedroom or boudoir where they could be used to serve food during the lengthy morning ritual of the toilette. 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.
    The set combines a round plateau with a bowl featuring handles of entwined scrolls on the sides and one in the form of a laurel branch on the cover.
    The decoration features elaborate borders of harebells and trailing flower garlands on gilded ‘sablé’ (sand-effect) ground, and a laurel wreath enclosing a trellis pattern and rosette on the plateau. It was painted by Charles-Méreaud jeune who specialised in this unusual decoration during the 1760s.
    The pieces may have belonged to the marquis Thomas de Pange in the eighteenth century.