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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 241

    A SEVRES (HARD PASTE) GOLD-GROUND PORTAIT CUP AND SAUCER (TASSE 'A.B.' ET SOUCOUPE)

    1816, BLUE INTERLACED LS ENCLOSING A FLEUR DE LYS ABOVE SÈVRES/1816, GILDER'S MC JUIN 1816 MARK TO SAUCER, VARIOUS INCISED MARKS

    Price Realised  

    A SEVRES (HARD PASTE) GOLD-GROUND PORTAIT CUP AND SAUCER (TASSE 'A.B.' ET SOUCOUPE)
    1816, BLUE INTERLACED LS ENCLOSING A FLEUR DE LYS ABOVE Sèvres/1816, GILDER'S MC Juin 1816 MARK TO SAUCER, VARIOUS INCISED MARKS
    Painted by Étienne-Charles Le Guay with a portrait of Stéphanie Napoléon, La Grande Duchesse de Bade, quarter-length and wearing jewels and a lace-edged empire-line ivory silk dress, before a green drape and a distant landscape, within a circular cartouche below simulated pearls within a blue line rectangular cartouche with raised gilt stars to each corner, the burnished gold ground reserved with grisaille trophies, the lower-part with stiff-leaf bands, the flared rim with raised gilt anthemion and harebells, the saucer painted en grisaille with a rossette within radiating petals below flowers and branches


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    This 'tasse AB fond et doublée d'or' and 'soucoupe Regnier' were delivered with accompanying étui on 22nd August 1816 to Mr. Jacques for the sum of 533.50 francs (MNS Archives, Registre V665, Pièces livrées en présent et à crédit). The painting of the ornaments is recorded as having been executed by Philippine, presumably Francis Philippine (1771-1840, and active at Sèvres 1806-1839), and the portrait is by Étienne-Charles Le Guay (1762-1840, and active at Sèvres 1808-1840), who was paid 240 francs for 'un portrait de Mme. La Grande Duchesse de Bade miniature colorée'.

    Stéphanie de Beauharnais (1789-1860) was descended from the ancient de Beauharnais family. She was second cousin to Eugène de Beauharnais (see lot 248) and Hortense de Beauharnais, adopted children of Napoléon Bonaparte following his marriage to their mother, Joséphine Tascher de la Pagerie in 1796. Stéphanie enjoyed the luxuries associated with membership of the Imperial family, taking residence in the Palais de Tulieries. Napoléon adopted Stéphanie and named her Princesse Française, thereby gaining a legitimate descendant whom he would use as a politcal pawn in order to forge an alliance with the Grand Dukes of Baden. On 8th April 1806 she was married to Karl Ludwig Friedrich, grandson of the Grand Duke of Baden, who would serve as head of the Confederation of the Rhine. Whilst the marriage was not a particularly happy one, it did produce three daughters to whom she was devoted throughout her long life. Her descendants are scattered throughout the royal and noble houses of Europe.

    For a portrait of Karl Ludwig Friedrich Grand Duke of Baden, see lot 252, and for a portrait of Eugène de Beauharnais, see lot 248.

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    Provenance

    Anon., sale Christie's, 4th July 1988, lot 16.