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A SEVRES PORCELAIN IRON-RED AND SKY-BLUE GROUND PART TEA SERVICE MADE FOR PRINCE CAMILLE BORGHESE
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A SEVRES PORCELAIN IRON-RED AND SKY-BLUE GROUND PART TEA SERVICE MADE FOR PRINCE CAMILLE BORGHESE

CIRCA 1807-08, IRON-RED STENCILED M. IMPLE DE SEVRES MARKS, DATE CYPHERS 7 AND 8 FOR 1807 AND 1808, VARIOUS INCISED MARKS

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A SEVRES PORCELAIN IRON-RED AND SKY-BLUE GROUND PART TEA SERVICE MADE FOR PRINCE CAMILLE BORGHESE
CIRCA 1807-08, IRON-RED STENCILED M. IMPLE DE SEVRES MARKS, DATE CYPHERS 7 AND 8 FOR 1807 AND 1808, VARIOUS INCISED MARKS
The decoration very similar to that of the 'Marly Rouge' service made for Napoleon, painted with butterflies, moths, wasps, bees and other insects, the teapot and sugar-bowl with birds chasing the insects, the borders all gilt with paired berried leaves extending off a central vine, comprising: a teapot and cover (théière 'Paestum'); a sugar-bowl and cover flanked by lion-mask handles (pot à sucre 'Paestum'); and six cups and saucers (tasses 'Litron' et soucoupes)
7 ½ in. (19 cm.) high, the teapot
Provenance
Prince Camille Borghèse, husband of Pauline Bonaparte, 28 September 1808.
Acquired from James Robinson, New York, November 1950.
Literature
C. Leprince, Napoléon 1er & La Manufacture de Sèvres, L'Art de la Porcelaine au service de L'Empire, Paris 2016, p. 316, no. 52.
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Lot Essay

Almost identical in decoration to the 'Marly Rouge' service ordered by Napoleon, this service was purchased by Napoleon's brother-in-law, Prince Camille Borghèse in September of 1808. The original purchase included a teapot, a sugar-bowl, a milk-jug and twelve cups and saucers at a cost of 900 francs. See C. Leprince, op. cit., p. 316, no. 52.

Camille Borghèse was the second husband of Pauline Bonaparte. Although their relationship began passionately, with Borghèse even commissioning a nude portrait of his wife from Canova, it cooled after Pauline had a series of extramarital affairs.

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