• 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 154

    FIVE SEVRES BLEU CELESTE PLATES (ASSIETTES A PALMES)

    1758-59 AND 1761-62, FOUR WITH BLUE INTERLACED LS MARKS, TWO ENCLOSING DATE LETTER F, TWO ENCLOSING DATE LETTER I, THE FIRST TWO WITH PAINTER'S MARK S FOR PIERRE ANTOINE MERRIAUD, THE SECOND TWO WITH PAINTER'S MARK P FOR DOMINIC JOFFROY, VARIOUS INCISED MARKS

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    FIVE SEVRES BLEU CELESTE PLATES (ASSIETTES A PALMES)
    1758-59 AND 1761-62, FOUR WITH BLUE INTERLACED LS MARKS, TWO ENCLOSING DATE LETTER F, TWO ENCLOSING DATE LETTER I, THE FIRST TWO WITH PAINTER'S MARK S FOR PIERRE ANTOINE MERRIAUD, THE SECOND TWO WITH PAINTER'S MARK P FOR DOMINIC JOFFROY, VARIOUS INCISED MARKS
    The centres painted with a loose bouquet including fruit, the bleu céleste borders with three cartouches of birds in wooded landscape vignettes, flanked by gilt foliage scrolls and trailing flowers, within moulded C-scroll borders (some very slight wear to gilding of raised edge of wells and rims)
    9¾ in. (24.7 cm.) wide (5)


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    These plates are possibly those from a service purchased by Marie Herbin, Madame Lair, a Parisian marchand-mercier between 15 June and 25 October 1761, which probably included pieces decorated during an earlier period. David Peter's notes that there are eight plates from c. 1758 and five plates from c. 1761 in the Royal Collection, with decoration similar to that on the current set. There is a single plate, c. 1758 in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna while at Waddesdon Manor there is another c. 1761 and two of the same date in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. See David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century (Hertfordshire, 2005), Vol. II, p. 329.

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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.