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A SEVRES PORCELAIN PART DINNER SERVICE
A SEVRES PORCELAIN PART DINNER SERVICE

CIRCA 1765, MOST WITH BLUE INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING DATE LETTER M, VARIOUS PAINTERS', GILDERS' AND INCISED MARKS

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A SEVRES PORCELAIN PART DINNER SERVICE
CIRCA 1765, MOST WITH BLUE INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING DATE LETTER M, VARIOUS PAINTERS', GILDERS' AND INCISED MARKS
Each finely painted to the center with various trophies, including examples emblematic of Love, Music, Painting and Agriculture, the gilt feuille-de-choux border with blue feathered C-scrolls suspending flower garlands, comprising: six soup plates and seventeen dinner plates; together with an associated lobed feuille-de-choux salad bowl, typically painted with loose bouquets only
10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) diameter, the salad bowl
Provenance
Probably part of the service delivered to 'M. Beaujean' (probably Nicolas de Beaujon) in June 1765.
Literature
D. Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century, vol. II, Little Birkhamsted, 2005, pp. 361-2, no. 65-4

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Lot Essay

The 'M. Beaujean' in the sales records almost ceratinly refers to Nicolas de Beaujon, a wealthy financier and grain dealer from Bordeaux who rose through the ranks of the French court, eventually becoming Fermier Général or banker to the Court in 1765 and a conseiller d'Etat in 1769. His name appears regularly in the Sèvres sales records. In 1773, he purchased the hôtel d'Evreux from Louis XV to whom it had passed upon the death of his mistress Madame de Pompadour. The new owner enlarged the house, now known as the Elysées Palace, home of the Presidents of France. His purchase of a service decorated with the same pattern as a favorite of the French king is likely tied in with the refurbishment of his new home. See D. Peters, op. cit., pp. 361-2, no. 65-4 for a further discussion.

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