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Plate: C.42-1961

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Maker(s)

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)
Chappuis, Antoine-Joseph (Painter)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain plate, painted in enamels with birds, flowers and trees, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with green ground colour, painting in blue, several shades of green, brownish-yellow, dark pink, pale purple, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilding. Circular, with shaped rim of six large arcs alternating with six small, gently sloping border and shallow well. There is a hole for suspension in the footring, which has been broken away at this point. The white centre is painted in polychrome with two birds; one stands on the ground with its left leg raised and its head turned sharply to the left; behind it to the left is a sprouting tree stump, on a branch of which is perched a second bird which looks downwards, its wings spread behind it. In the foreground to the left there is a plant with blue daisy-like flowers and in the background to the right, hazy trees. The rim has an apple green ground decorated in gold with oeil-de-perdrix. There is a gold band round the inner edge of the rim and a dentilated band round the outer edge.

Notes

History note: Probably Christie's, 20th February 1934, Catalogue of Chinese and Continental Porcelain...The Property of a Gentleman, lot 68. Purchased in 1934 for £25 by Louis C.G. Clarke, Cambridge

Legal notes

L. C. G Clarke Bequest, 1960.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.3 cm
Height: 2.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray

Dating

Third quarter of 18th century
19th century
Circa 1769 CE - 1900 1900 CE

Note

Green grounds were introduced in 1756 but little used until 1757. Patterned grounds with tiny white circular reserves and gold oeil-de-perdrix decoration introduced about 1765 were associated with the painter Taillandier, and when they had a green ground were referred to as 'fond Taillandier vert' or 'fond pointillé vert'.

The decoration in the centre of the dish suggests strongly that it was painted much later than 1769 which its date letter indicates. The design resembles, but not exactly, the plates from the Eden Service of 1787, which is decorated with birds from the comte de Buffon's Histoire naturelle des oiseaux.

School or Style

Rococo

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( blue, several shades of green, brownish-yellow, dark pink, pale purple, brown, grey, and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain decorated with green ground colour, painting in blue, several shades of green, brownish-yellow, dark pink, pale purple, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilding
Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: each L has a projection near the top before the cross over

  • Text: interlaced L's enclosing q
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Factory mark
  • Text: cp
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Painter's mark
  • Text: c / V
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Mark

Inscription present: r of Senr is raised

  • Text: 'SEVRES' printed, 'Painter Chapuis Senr/Date/1768' hand-written
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in faded black ink
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.42-1961
Primary reference Number: 93588
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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