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A SEVRES RETICULATED PART DEJEUNER (DEJEUNER 'CHINOIS RETICULE')
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A SEVRES RETICULATED PART DEJEUNER (DEJEUNER 'CHINOIS RETICULE')

CIRCA 1846-48, PRINTED GILT CROWNED MONOGRAM MARKS, PRINTED GREEN DATE CODES, VARIOUS PAINTED AND INCISED NUMERALS AND LETTERS

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A SEVRES RETICULATED PART DEJEUNER (DEJEUNER 'CHINOIS RETICULE')
CIRCA 1846-48, PRINTED GILT CROWNED MONOGRAM MARKS, PRINTED GREEN DATE CODES, VARIOUS PAINTED AND INCISED NUMERALS AND LETTERS
Painted with blue Oriental flower-sprays enriched in gilding within lappet and petal-shaped yellow panels reserved against green and blue scrolls and pink-ground borders, the sides pierced with honeycomb, rice-pattern and geometric ornament, above a green band to footrim, the pieces of form with brown and gilt bamboo-moulded handles, comprising:
A globular teapot and domed cover, the teapot with restored rim chip and restoration to small section of pierced side
A coffee-pot and cover of Turkish form, chip to flange of cover, section chipped and restored to pierced side, small footrim chip
A globular two-handled sugar-bowl, starcrack to base
A globular milk-jug
Four teacups and saucers
Minute wear to gilding throughout

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The Sèvres manufacture drew inspiration for this elaborate chinoiserie service from the Sall collection of Chinese objects which had been dispersed in Paris in 1826. The collection included a number of white openwork pieces of Chinese porcelain which fascinated the director of the Sèvres factory, Alexandre Brongniart. The déjeuner 'chinois reticulé' remains one of the most technically challenging and innovative designs to have been produced at Sèvres by the sculptor and modeller Hyacinthe Régnier under Brongniart's directorship. Brongniart took great interest in the development of the design of this service. He presented it at several exhibitions at the factory during a number of stages in its manufacture. The first pieces were shown at a factory exhibition in 1832 and by 1838 the whole service, complete with pierced tray, was unveiled. For a preparatory drawing showing the coffee-pot and its cover, now in the archives of the Manufacture de Sèvres, see Tamara Préaud, The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, Alexandre Brongniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry, 1800-1847, Singapore, 1997, p. 267, no.76.

Such Chinese reticulated services were very popular and Queen Marie-Amélie (1782-1866) ordered no fewer than seven, of which a similarly decorated déjeuner to the present example, is now in the Louvre, Paris (OA 11098-11111). See also the similar service from the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, sold Christie's, Paris, 23 - 25 February 2009, lot 733.

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