22 October 2020
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A SET OF THIRTY-THREE SEVRES PORCELAIN PLATES FROM THE 'SERVICE DES FRUITS ORNEMENTS EN BRUN REHAUSSES EN OR'
CIRCA 1820, BLUE INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING FLEUR-DE-LYS MARKS, SOME ENCLOSING (18)20, MANY WITH PAINTERS PH AND CD MARKS PROBABLY FOR F.-P. PHILIPPINE OR J.-C. DEVELLY, VARIOUS INCISED POTTERS' MARKS
Each finely painted with a specimen fruit, idenified in French on the reverse, within a foliate rinceau gilt and enriched in imitation of bronze; together with a similarly decorated three-tiered cake stand painted with specimen flowering vines
9 ¼ in. (23.4 cm.) diameter, the plates; 11 ¾ in. (29.7 cm.) high, the stand
Delivered to the Sèvres salesroom 22 December 1820 [Sèvres, MMN, SCD-Arch. MNS, vv1, folio 153v-67].
Delivered to Élie-Louis Decazes, 1st Duke of Decazes.
The Collection of Gianni Versace; Sotheby's, New York, 21 May 2005, lot 360 (as thirty-two plates plus the associated cake stand).
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Paris, Palais du Louvre, Exposition des produits de l'industrie française, January 1821 postponed to 1823, no. 22, by repute.
Élie-Louis Decazes, 1st Duke of Decazes, was a French Royalist that found favor in the court of Louis XVIII. He was appointed Minster of Police, and helped direct the French ministry after the 5th Duke of Richelieu's departure. He was also responsible for helping to revive the Exposition des produits de l'industrie française. It is likely that the present service was meant to be in the 1821 Exposition that was delayed until 1823.
François-Pascal Philippine l’aîné is recorded at the manufactory as a painter of figures from 1778-91 and in 1815. Jean-Charles Develly is recorded as a painter at the manufactory from 1813-47.
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