17 June 2003
A GRISAILLE AND GILT 'NATIVITY' PLATE
Decorated at the centre with Mary, Joseph and the Three Shepherds surrounding the baby Jesus in a crib, a donkey asleep in the foreground, within a border of gilt C-shaped scrolls entwined with grisaille floral garlands
8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) diam.
François Hervouët no. 233, sold Sotheby's Monaco, 22 June 1987, lot 1650.
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F. and N. Hervouët and Y. Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 263, fig. 11.12.
See footnote to lot 84. The border on the present lot is one of the rarer versions.
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