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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    A FRENCH PORCELAIN RECTANGULAR EQUESTRIAN PLAQUE

    CIRCA 1800, THE REVERSE INSCRIBED NO 18, ALMOST CERTAINLY SEVRES, ATTRIBUTED TO SWEBACH

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH PORCELAIN RECTANGULAR EQUESTRIAN PLAQUE
    CIRCA 1800, THE REVERSE INSCRIBED No 18, ALMOST CERTAINLY SEVRES, ATTRIBUTED TO SWEBACH
    Almost certainly painted by Swebach, with the rear view of a soldier in a plumed hat riding a black stallion beside a pointing huntsman in a long brown coat with a dog, beneath a tree, and with three hounds resting on grass beside a rocky outcrop, before a lake and a distant château among trees (slight flaking to enamels of grass in foreground), in a modern giltwood frame
    8½ in. (21.5 cm.) x 11 in. (28 cm.)


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    Jacques-François-Joseph Swebach-Desfontaines 1769-1823, was a painter at Sèvres who was granted the unusual privilege of being allowed to sign his work 'Swebach' or 'Sw'. A plaque with horses and a very similar landscape painted by Swebach was sold in these Rooms on 2nd March 1992, lot 147. For a pair of plates painted by Swebach with portraits of horses, see Anette Loesch, Die Napoleonische Schenkung 1809 Französisches Porzellan in Dresden (Dresden, 1992), p. 27. (Swebach also worked extensively on the plates from the Egyptian Service, following engravings of the drawings of Egypt by Vivant Denon).

    A detail of this plaque is illustrated overleaf.

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