The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Plaques 'd'ecritoire'
  • Plaques
  • Plaques 'd'ecritoire'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Baptiste Tandart (1729 - 1816), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1761
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded with gilt-bronze mounts
  • a-b, Object size: 6.3 x 17.1 cm
    c-d, Object size: 6.3 x 6.3 cm
    e-l, Object size: 6.3 x 4.8 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'I' the date letter for 1761 Painted
    Painter's mark: ' ∙ ∙ ∙ ' For Jean-Baptiste Tandart Painted
  • C498
  • Oval Drawing Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • These twelve porcelain plaques are all decorated with flowers and a green ground. They were bought by the luxury dealer Philippe Poirier between October and December 1762, and it was probably he who mounted them in the current oak and gilt-bronze frame as an inkstand (see F286). This probably makes it the earliest example of Poirier mounting an inkstand like this. From 1764 these plaques were known at Sèvres as 'plaques d'ecritoire', when the practice of porcelain-mounted inkstands was more widespread.