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Ecuelle 'ronde tournée' of the third size; plateau 'ovale' of the second size
  • Covered Bowl and Plateau
  • Ecuelle 'ronde tournée' of the third size; plateau 'ovale' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Etienne-Jean Chabry (*1749), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1772
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Covered bowl, C434, Object size: 11.7 x 17 cm
    Plateau, C435, Object size: 23 x 18.7 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing a scrolling 'T the date letter for 1772 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'ch' for Etienne-Jean Chabry Painted
    Incised mark: 'LF' and 'MC'
    Incised mark: 'FT'
  • C434-5
  • Study
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  • Such covered bowls were intended for hot broths served during the lengthy 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.

    The set is decorated with a 'bleu céleste' ground and painted with cherubs by Etienne-Jean Chabry (op. 1764-87), the two on the plateau representing summer (sickle and ears) and autumn (vine and grapes). Three of these scenes are based on prints after François Boucher whose compositions were frequently used by the Sèvres painters.

    Probably acquired by the 3th Marquess of Hertford by 1842.