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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 134

    TWO SEVRES ROYAL PORTRAIT CAMEO PLATES FROM THE 'DEJEUNER 'DES PERSONNES ROYALES DE FRANCE'

    1829-1830, EACH WITH BLUE STENCILLED CROWNED INTERLACED C (CHARLES X) DECORATING MARK FOR 1830, PAINTER’S MARK FOR CHARLES ANTOINE DIDIER, GILDER’S MARK FOR CHARLES-CHRISTIAN-MARIE DUROSEY, HE WITH GREEN PAINTED GROUND COLOUR DATE OF 23 DECEMBER 1828 AND INCISED KILN DATE 7-28; SHE WITH GREEN PAINTED GROUND COLOUR DATE OF 16 AUGUST 1828, INCISED KILN DATE 29-10 FOR OCTOBER 1829, LUSTRED VU AB TO THE UNDERSIDE LIKELY FOR ALEXANDRE BRONGNIART

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    TWO SEVRES ROYAL PORTRAIT CAMEO PLATES FROM THE 'DEJEUNER 'DES PERSONNES ROYALES DE FRANCE'
    1829-1830, EACH WITH BLUE STENCILLED CROWNED INTERLACED C (CHARLES X) DECORATING MARK FOR 1830, PAINTER’S MARK FOR CHARLES ANTOINE DIDIER, GILDER’S MARK FOR CHARLES-CHRISTIAN-MARIE DUROSEY, HE WITH GREEN PAINTED GROUND COLOUR DATE OF 23 DECEMBER 1828 AND INCISED KILN DATE 7-28; SHE WITH GREEN PAINTED GROUND COLOUR DATE OF 16 AUGUST 1828, INCISED KILN DATE 29-10 FOR OCTOBER 1829, LUSTRED vu AB TO THE UNDERSIDE LIKELY FOR ALEXANDRE BRONGNIART
    Each painted with a faux-cameo portrait head, the first titled in gilding 'GASTON FIL DE HENRI IV' within the gilt star-form palmette medallion, depicting Gaston d’Orléans, son of Henri IV, the second titled within the brown-ground medallion 'MARGUARITE DE VALOIS.', also inscribed on the underside 'Marguerite de Valois, Reine de Navarre, soueur de Francois 1er/ née à Angoulême en 1492.' within a blue ground border decorated in platinum and gilding with lilies and arabesques within laurel bands
    9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) diameter


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    Painting trompe l'oeil cameos in the manner of antique hardstone cameos had been attempted at Sèvres in the 18th century, but was only convincingly mastered under Alexandre Brongniart's directorship of the manufactory, when they became a popular medium for representing important historical figures. Brongniart's training as a mineralogist could well have influenced the refinement of this technique of producing cameos in imitation of sardonyx, agate, carnelian and other hard stones. Cameos were well adapted for Imperial propaganda, and lent an antique 'authenticity' to depictions of France's rulers. In order to achieve the greatest accuracy and authenticity possible, the sources of the designs were chosen with the greatest care. In 1811, Brongniart even went to the lengths of requesting the second edition of the three volume book Iconographie grecque by Ennio-Quirino on which Napoleon had placed an embargo in order that he could give them away as gifts. Brongniart wrote to Comte Daru (Intendant Général de la Maison de l'Empereur) explaining that Visconti's Iconographie grecque was 'indispensable to the factory; it would be inexcusable for me to allow errors to be made in the execution of any portraits published in this collection'. See Samuel Wittwer et al., Raffinesse & Eleganz, Königliche Porzellane des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts aus der Twinight Collection New York, Munich, 2007, pp. 158-161 cat. no. 11 for a service Iconographique grec decorated in a similar manner to the present lot and pp. 178-179, no. 19 for the dèjeuner Château d'Eu with closely related portraits.

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    Provenance

    With Vandermeersch, Paris, from whom they were acquired on 15 September 2005.


    Literature

    Samuel Wittwer et al., Raffinesse & Eleganz, Königliche Porzellane des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts aus der Twinight Collection New York, Munich, 2007, cat no.18 a-b.