FROM A ROYAL GIFT PRESENTED BY LOUIS XVI
Soft-paste porcelain covered mustard-pot, of barrel shape with an ear-shaped handle, the flat cover with a gilt finial, with a bleu céleste ground on the upper part, ornate with two garlands of gilt pearls and foliages, center ornate with an oval reserve containing polychrome roses and foliage, gilt rims, the lower part is ornate with a polychrome string of white pearls on a pink ground, gilt rims.
Important damages around the handle, with antique gluing and restoration.
The spoon of the pot is missing.
Sèvres porcelain Royal factory, 1786.
Fully marked, letter-date ii, painters Jean-Charles Sioux (active 1752-1792) and another one (Cardin or Parpette?).
Height: 8 cm – Length: 8 cm.
This mustard-pot was part of the service presented by the king Louis XVI to his brother-in-law, the archduke Ferdinand of Austria (1754-1806), governor of Lombardy, during his visit to Paris under the name of count of Nellembourg, on June 12th, 1786.
This service is described as « fond bleu céleste, décor de roses, marguerites et barbeaux, ornement de perles ». Intended for the Milan Court, the set consisted of 288 pieces, go along with vases and bisque sculptures, made during years 1785-1786 for a total cost of 24.073 livres.
[CAT. EX. 8], p. 185 and p. 342, cat. 302.
Archives, Cité de la Céramique (Sèvres), Vy10, f°45 v° et 46. Archives des Affaires étrangères, Paris, Journal des présents du roi 2095, f°36 v°.
A few pieces from this service were sold in the art market, as the compotier coquille sold in Christie’s NY on October, 24th 2012, lot 209, for 27.500$. The Louvre Museum bought a plate at Christie’s Paris in 2001 (OA 11916).