RARE PLATE FROM HER SERVICE ORDERED BY EMPRESS JOSÉPHINE
A Sèvres porcelain plate, the marli ornated with polychrome foliages and palms on a pale blue background, surrounded by 3 cartridges with a bronze green background, each ornate with 2 gilt swans surrounding a fountain, and by 3 gilt heads of woman in a lozenge, gilt rims.
Minor wear to the paste and gilding.
Sèvres porcelain Imperial factory, 1805-1806.
The mark is used during An XIV (23.09.1805-20.01.1806) and the rest of 1806.
Apparently no painter mark.
Diameter: 23,5 cm
One of the 72 “assiettes plattes” of the starter service delivered to the Princess Borghese by order of H.M. The Empress on November, 6th 1805 (15 brumaire An XIV), or one of the 48 addition plates delivered to Pauline on September, 29th 1806. This plate unit cost was 55 francs, whereas the dessert plates, ornate with a central cameo, was 70 francs (Archives, Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres, Vu1, f°9).
Described “fond bleu pâle, cygnes et têtes en or rehaussés en brun sur fond bronze etc”, it was probably used by Pauline, the favorite sister of Emperor Napoléon I (1780-1825), as main service at the château de Neuilly, after she inherited it on October, 28th 1808.
Mrs. Tamara Préaud quoted this service in [CAT. EX. 8], page 222.
This service was unknown before now and was recently identified by us. We don’t know any other example in museum, but only a starter plate in a private collection in Australia and two dessert plates, together with a litron cup and saucer, in a private collection in Paris.