21 October 2005
PROPERTY FROM THE VALENTINE COLLECTION
A SEVRES ECUELLE AND COVER AND A VINCENNES SAUCER
Blue interlaced L's beneath date letter T for 1772 and painter's mark for Commelin to the ecuelle; blue interlaced L's enclosing date letter C for 1755-1756, painter's mark for Weydinger père, blue X at the footrim and incised 8 to the stand
The circular ecuelle with entwined branch handles, the domed cover with green branch finial and gilt berries, the saucer as a stand with deeply everted sides, each painted in colors with loose bouquets and scattered overall with flower sprays beneath blue-line-and-gilt dash and gilt dentil rims
4½ in. (11.5 cm.) high and 7¾ in. (17.1 cm.) wide overall, the ecuelle and cover; 7½ in. (19 cm.) diameter, the stand (3)
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 26 April 1994, lot 96.
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Michel-Gabriel Commelin is recorded at Sèvres as a flower painter 1768-1802
Léopold Weydinger is recorded at Sèvres initially as a flower painter and later as both a painter of patterns and simple gilt decoration 1757-1806. The present dish must therefore be one of his first efforts. The form is that of the saucer for a gobelet 'Litron' couvert.
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