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Poêlon, probably 'à grains d'orge'
  • Pair of Saucepans
  • Poêlon, probably 'à grains d'orge'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    François Binet (1730 - 1775), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1760 (decoration)
    1752 (porcelain)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilding
  • C448, Object size: 32.6 x 18.3 cm
    C449, Object size: 32.4 x 18.1 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'G' the date letter for 1760 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'T' surmounted by a dot for François Binet Painted
  • C448-9
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Images & Media
  • One of at least three saucepan-models made at Sèvres, this model was probably intended to serve barley gruel, as suggested by the name (‘à grains d’orge’ means ‘with barley seeds’) and the decoration which includes naturalistically painted stems of foliage and gilded barley seed heads. Since soft-paste porcelain could not withstand high temperatues, these saucepans would have been used to serve food rather than to heat it over a fire.
    Since such relief decoration is unusual for 1760, it is likely that the pieces had been produced in the early 1750s and remained in the white until 1760.