FROM AN IMPERIAL DESSERT SERVICE & A LUNCH SERVICE AT THE TUILERIES PALACE
Set of 3 hard-paste porcelain plates, blue ground rim called “beau bleu” ornate with a gilt frieze of floral patterns whose myrtle leaves, center ornate with a gilt star-form rose surrounded by a crown of polychrome flowers, gilt rims.
One plate has a small restoration at the rim, the polychrome flowers and the gilt rims are worn and it has crack at the heel. The other two are in good condition.
Sèvres porcelain Imperial factory, 1804.
Sèvres porcelain Royal factory, before 1819.
Fully marked, painter y for Bouillat père, T (Troyon?), gilder Bm (unidentified). (Concerning the plate used, the mark of the Louis XVIII’s big monogram incised and painted in blue at the center is rare and was made after the erasure of the Imperial mark, only for Louis XVIII royal services. That means that this plate was made during the First Empire and was reemployed under Louis XVIII. Furthermore, another mark incised dates the manufacturing of An XIII (1804-1805).)
Diameter: 23 cm
The original service for the 3 plates was that of the Grand Maréchal, described as “service fond beau bleu, frise d’or et guirlandes de fleurs”, used at the Tuileries for the dessert, often by the Emperor himself for his common lunches or dinners.
The worn plate is coming from the service used at the Tuileries Palace “pour le déjeuner du Roi”, similarly described, during the First Restauration.
The mark at the reverse of the worn plate means that it was employed both for the Service of the Grand Maréchal and for the Service of the King Louis XVIII, that can explain the wear of the plate, in addition to the burning of the Tuileries in 1871. It has been restocked until 1819, date when it was replaced by the Service des Liliacées.
This service is described in some inventories at the Tuileries, in 1821 as “premier service du Roi, à guirlandes”, and at the advent of Napoleon III in 1848 as “assiettes à dessert bordure bleu grand feu guirlande d’or, rosace et guirlandes de fleurs, au fond généralement altéré par l’usage” (this note cited in the inventory of 1848 is interesting because we find the same usury at the ground of our worn plate, due to the regular employment of this service at the Palace under Louis XVIII).
Arch. nat., Cartons 03 130, 03 73 et F 33* 832. This service is mentioned in [CAT. EX. 8], p. 218.
Another plate was sold at Piasa, Drouot, 13 december 2013, lot 185. Two others with Thierry de Maigret, Drouot, 17 december 2014, lot 328. Always unidentified.