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FRENCH PORCELAIN
A PAIR OF SÈVRES TWO-HANDLED SEAUX (SEAUX À BOUTEILLE)

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A PAIR OF SÈVRES TWO-HANDLED SEAUX (SEAUX À BOUTEILLE)
Date letter for 1758

Probably from the Maria-Thérèsa Service, painted with trailing flowers suspended from a band of meandering green ribbon edged in gilt and below gilt flowers enclosing green panels, the scroll and shell handles enriched in gilt and the feet with green bands and gilt lines (one with minute rim chip, very slight rubbing to gilding), blue interlaced L marks enclosing date letter F, painter's ... for Tandart, one with incised 2 A, the other with incised 2 and bL
6 3/4in. (17cm.) high (2)

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A large service was presented by Louis XV in December 1758 to Maria- Thérèsa, Empress of Austria. The service originally consisted of 184 pieces not including the figures in biscuit porcelain, 44 pieces remain in the Hofburg, Vienna. For a tureen, cover and stand see Svend Eriksen and Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Sèvres Porcelain, p. 307, no. 120

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