The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
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
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, with another handle on the cover in the form of a laurel branch.
    Both pieces are decorated with a turquoise blue, so-called ‘bleu céleste’, ground and painted with cherubs in landscapes, the two on the plateau representing summer - shown with a sickle and ears - and autumn - sitting beneath a vine and eating grapes. These scenes probably derive from works by François Boucher whose compositions frequently served as models for the Sèvres painters. Three of the scenes have been linked to engravings after his drawings that were here adapted with slight alterations and placed landscapes instead of clouds.