The Wallace Collection

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Ecuelle 'ronde tournée' of the second size; plateau 'ovale' of the first size
  • Covered Bowl and Plateau
  • Ecuelle 'ronde tournée' of the second size; plateau 'ovale' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1767
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Covered bowl, C432, Object size: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
    Plateau, C433, Object size: 26.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls (foliate) enclosing 'O' the date letter for 1767 Painted
    Incised mark: 'o'
    Incised mark: 'gp'
  • C432-3
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
  • 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 on the sides and one in the form of a laurel branch on the cover. Bot pieces are decorated with a green ground and have unusual lobed reserves painted with birds and flowes, framed by gilded cartouches. The gilding on the handles creates a naturalistic effect of wood and veined leaves.