17 - 18 November 1999
A SEVRES PINK-GROUND ECUELLE, COVER AND STAND (ECUELLE 'NOUVELLE FORME' ET PLATEAU 'OVALE')
Blue interlaced L's enclosing date letter LL for 1788 and painter's mark for Cornailles, the ecuelle incised 13 and 37n, the stand incised 37 and 3
Painted in colours with trophies of love, formed by ribbon-tied bouquets, arrows, and a torch reserved on the pink ground further decorated in purple with rosettes, foliate scrolls and garlands within a beaded surround, the ecuelle handles as entwined foliate scrolls
5in. (13.3cm.) high, the ecuelle, 10in. (27.5cm.) wide, the stand (2)
Mrs. Diana Gubbay Collection; Christie's, London, 7 July 1969, lot 162 Henry Ford II; Sotheby's, New York, 25 February 1978, lot 46
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 19 November 1996, lot 79
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Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Svres Porcelain, vol. II, London, 1988, p. 665, footnote.
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