The Wallace Collection

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Marronnière 'tenant au plateau'
  • Chestnut Basket and Cover
  • Marronnière 'tenant au plateau'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1760
  • Soft-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Basket, Object size: 16.4 x 13.6 cm
    Plateau, Object size: 26.8 x 20.8 cm
    Total, Height: 13.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'G' the date letter for 1760
    Painter's mark: A smoking candle in a candlestick, presumable for an unidentified ground-colour painter
    Incised mark: 'Li'
  • C473
  • Back State Room
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Further Reading
  • This 'marronnière' or chestnut bowl playfully evokes the design of a woven basket in luxurious soft-paste porcelain. The trellis-work is formed of a white zig-zag structure, entwined by a blue ribbon, and its handle and the bottom im of the bowl are designed to resemble cane rods. Such 'marronnières' were part of the dessert service and used to serve glazed chestnuts. Presumably the baskets were pierced to make sure the sweets did not become soggy, allowing excess sugar or syrup to drip into the shallow well of the plateau.