• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 156

    A SEVRES BLEU CELESTE PLATE (ASSIETTE A PALMES)

    CIRCA 1764, PURPLE INTERLACED LS MARK ENCLOSING INDISTINCT DATE LETTER, INCISED LG

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    A SEVRES BLEU CELESTE PLATE (ASSIETTE A PALMES)
    CIRCA 1764, PURPLE INTERLACED LS MARK ENCLOSING INDISTINCT DATE LETTER, INCISED Lg
    The centre with a bouquet of fruit and flowers and a striped tulip, the border with three panels of trailing flowers, flanked by gilt scrolls, diaper-panels and trailing flowers (slight wear to gilding of well and rim)
    9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) wide


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    This plate is possibly from the service purchased via the banker Sir John Francis Lambert, 3rd Baronet, by Francis Thomas Fitzmaurice, 4rd Earl of Kerry (Earl 1747-1818) on 1 April 1769. The earl married in 1768 and pursued a lifestyle of ostentation. In 1778 he acquired several additions to the service, however following financial difficulties he was forced to sell part of the service back to the Sèvres factory via the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre in 1789. It appears that the service was then acquired by Daguerre and was in Britain by the late 19th century. See David Peters, see Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century (Hertfordshire, 2005), Vol. II, pp. 403-405. Similar pieces are in the Royal Collection.

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    Provenance

    Most probably acquired by James, 2nd Marquess of Abercorn (1811-1885), later created 1st Duke of Abercorn in 1868, and thence by descent.