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1853-61, BOTH WITH PRINTED S.53 IN A GREEN OVAL, PRINTED IRON-RED CROWNED N MARK TO BOTH, ONE WITH THE DATE CODE FOR 1861

Lot 137: A PAIR OF SEVRES (HARD PASTE) ETRUSCAN RED-GROUND DESSERT-PLATES FROM A SERVICE ORDERED BY PRINCE NAPOLEON

Christie's

July 10, 2007
London, United Kingdom

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Description

A PAIR OF SEVRES (HARD PASTE) ETRUSCAN RED-GROUND DESSERT-PLATES FROM A SERVICE ORDERED BY PRINCE NAPOLEON 1853-61, BOTH WITH PRINTED S.53 IN A GREEN OVAL, PRINTED IRON-RED CROWNED N MARK TO BOTH, ONE WITH THE DATE CODE FOR 1861 The centres with a basket of fruit and a jug on a bridge across a stream flanked by flowers with butterflies above and with a tray of fruit, a bow and a quiver of arrows by two tazzas on pedestals with a garland of roses within the wells of black and gilt gadroons and a band of gilt diaper ornament, the borders with stylised gilt anthemion and white and gilt roundels, gilt line rims 9½ in. (24.2 cm.) diam. (2)

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1853-61, BOTH WITH PRINTED S.53 IN A GREEN OVAL, PRINTED IRON-RED CROWNED N MARK TO BOTH, ONE WITH THE DATE CODE FOR 1861

Notes

These plates are part of the dessert-service which was ordered as part of a larger service by Prince Napoleon (Napoleon-Joseph-Charles-Paul Bonaparte, 1822-91) in 1856, probably for his mistress, the tragic actress Mademoiselle Rachel (Rachel Félix, 1828-58). It is thought that the service was used in her salle à manger pompéienne in the 'Pompeian' house the Prince had built on the east side of the Avenue Montaigne in Paris. For a discussion of this see Aileen Dawson, 'French Porcelain' A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection (London, 1994), pp. 230-232, and pl. 189 and col. pl. 32 for a similar dessert-plate in the British Museum. As the rouge décor étrusque service was delivered on 18th October 1856, one of these plates (with a date code for 1861) must have been made as a replacement for the service. A similar example with the same central subject as the second plate, but with a different border, was sold at Christie's South Kensington on 7th June 1996, lot 201, and other examples, one with the same border as the present plates, were sold in the same Rooms on 4th November 1999, lots 93-95.

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