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    Sale 7731

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

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    A SEVRES PORCELAIN GREEN-GROUND PLATE FROM EMPRESS JOSEPHINE'S SERVICE A FLEURS

    CIRCA 1809, IRON-RED DE SEVRES MARK (MANUFACTURE IMPERIAL ERASED), PAINTED 35., 5. IN GREEN, GILT SCRIPT G: INCISED J

    Price Realised  

    A SEVRES PORCELAIN GREEN-GROUND PLATE FROM EMPRESS JOSEPHINE'S SERVICE A FLEURS
    CIRCA 1809, IRON-RED DE SEVRES MARK (MANUFACTURE IMPERIAL ERASED), PAINTED 35., 5. IN GREEN, GILT SCRIPT G: INCISED J
    Painted with a bouquet of garden flowers, the well gilt with continuous entwined arch and dot ornament within a broad gilt band, the border reserved with flowerheads between two bands of triangular ornament (minute wear to gilding)
    9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) diam.


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    This plate is from a dessert-service which included seventy-two plates sold to Empress Joséphine on 9th March 1810, and delivered to the Elysée Palace. Napoléon Bonaparte had positioned his former wife in the palace following their divorce in 1810 but she and the service were moved to Malmaison in 1812 and her death swiftly followed in 1814. See L'Aigle et le Papillon, Symboles des Pouvoirs sous Napoléon (1800-1815) Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Exhibition Catalogue (Paris, 2008), cat. no. 219. A bowl from the service was recently sold by Bonhams, London on 3 December 2008, lot 370. An identical service bearing date codes for 1811 and 1812 was presented by Louis XVIII to Edward, Duke of Kent.

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    Provenance

    Empress Josephine, Elysée Palace, Paris.