21 October 2004
THE PROPERTY OF AMERICAN COLLECTORS
A SEVRES BLEU LAPIS CAILLOUTE PLATE (ASSIETTE 'UNIE')
Blue interlaced L's enclosing date letter H for 1760, painter's mark for Levé, incised script P
Painted with a central bouquet, the shaped border with three oval panels of similar flowers reserved on the gilt-pebbled and seeded dark-blue ground within rocaille cartouches, gilt dentil rim
9½ in. (24.2 cm.) diameter
Collection Otto Charles Zieseniss; Christie's, Paris, 5 December 2001, lot 191.
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Denis Levé is recorded at Sèvres as a flower painter 1754-1793, 1795-1805.
From Connecticut to Kent in southeast England, homes with links to such classic works as Desire under the Elms, Lord of the Flies and The Deep Blue Sea
The Belgian collector, antiques dealer and designer outlines what the art and objects in his library mean to him