Sale 22CN03 | Lot 1027

Vincennes or Early Sèvres Porcelain Green-Ground (Fond Vert) Shaped Oblong Tray (Plateau)

Catalogue: English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts

Lot Details

Lot 1027
Vincennes or Early Sèvres Porcelain Green-Ground (Fond Vert) Shaped Oblong Tray (Plateau)
Circa 1757, blue interlaced L's mark enclosing the date letter D, painter's mark of a bird for Boucher, potter's incised script L and S
Painted with a fruit and flower bouquet, a small insect at the periphery, the border with four reserves of flowers within gilt ciselé surrounds, gilt dentil rims. Width 11 1/2 inches (29.2 cm).

Almost certainly from the service given by Louis XV King of France to Frederik V King of Denmark and Norway.
Then acquired by Peter, 5th Earl Cowper (d. 1836), for Panshanger, Hertfordshire, or by Thomas, 2nd Earl de Grey (d. 1859) for Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, and subsequently through de Grey's daughter to Panshanger, and at Panshanger until circa 1953.
With The Antique Porcelain Company, Inc., New York, (label).

This extensive service was particularly noteworthy as it was the first service to be produced in the newly-developed green color ground. The Mémoires du duc de Luynes sur la cour de Louis XV (1735-58) (Paris, 1860-65) Vol. 16, pp. 92, 144, 328 record it's manufacture in detail. The king personally inspected its production on several occasions and the duc describes the ground color and the great expense in detail.

David Peter notes in Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century (Little Berkhamsted, 2005), Vol. II, service no. 57-2, pp. 295-298 that the service was offered as a reciprocal gift following the presentation of stallions by Frederik V to Louis XV, the Frederiksborg-breed of stallion being considered a prized specialty of Denmark.

The diplomatic gift was delivered in tranches through the marchand mercier Lazare Duvaux at a total cost of 34,542 Livres (including packing, shipping and duties) and arrived in Copenhagen on 25 April 1758. For further details, see Courajod, L., Livre-journal de Lazare Duvaux, marchand-bijoutier ordinaire du roy, 1748-1758 Précédé d'une étude sur le gout et sur le commerce des objets d'art au milieu du 18e siecle, entry no. 3068.

Interestingly multiple pieces of this extensive service are retained in the collection of the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Known simply as 'The Green Service', it is first recorded in the Gatchina Palace in 1841. For a related plateau, now in the Hermitage Museum Collection, see object no. Gch-743.

Étienne-Nicolas Boucher was a painter of flowers at Sèvres active 1754-1757.

C The Estate of a European Collector

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Overall lovely condition, some very light surface scratches commensurate with age.

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English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts

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