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A PARIS (LEFEBVRE) PORCELAIN CABINET-PLATE
A PARIS (LEFEBVRE) PORCELAIN CABINET-PLATE
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A PARIS (LEFEBVRE) PORCELAIN CABINET-PLATE

CIRCA 1812, GILT SCRIPT FACTORY MARKS AND TITLE, INCISED L MARK

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A PARIS (LEFEBVRE) PORCELAIN CABINET-PLATE
CIRCA 1812, GILT SCRIPT FACTORY MARKS AND TITLE, INCISED L MARK
Painted by Swebach and signed lower right, with a military encampment, an officer on a prancing horse approaching soldiers at rest amongst haystacks, with figures and tents on a hillside in the distance and a dog in the foreground, within a burnished gilt band and a broad tooled gilt border of overlapping stiff leaves, the reverse inscribed Bivouaque peint par Swebach. 1812 Lefebvre Rue Amelot No. 64 a Paris in gold script (slight scratches to gilding)
9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) diam.

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Lot Essay

Jacques-François-Joseph Swebach-Desfontaines (1769-1823), was a painter who worked at Sèvres and at prominent Paris porcelain factories including Dihl et Guerhard and Lefebvre. At Sèvres he was granted the unusual privilege of being allowed to sign his work 'Swebach' or 'Sw'. He specialised in military and equestrian scenes but is also known for his work on plates in the Sèvres Egyptian service following engravings of drawings of Egypt by Vivant Denon. For a pair of plates painted by Swebach with portraits of horses, see Anette Loesch, Die Napoleonische Schenkung 1809 Franzsisches Porzellan in Dresden, Dresden, 1992, p. 27. See also the military plate with a slightly different tooled gilt border sold in these Rooms on 1-2 December 2009, lot 331, and the pair of vases, attributed to Swebach sold in these Rooms on 15 March 2012, lot 16.

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