FROM A ROYAL SERVICE AT THE CHATEAU DE COMPIÈGNE
Rare hard-paste porcelain plate, pink ground rim ornate with 3 yellow lozenges and purple palm leaves, center ornate with gilt cipher of King Louis XVIII within a laurel crown, gilt rims.
The imperial cipher of Napoleon I has been erased and replaced by the royal cipher of Louis XVIII (work by the Sèvres porcelain royal factory).
Sèvres porcelain imperial factory, circa 1808.
Marked (partially scrubed, as usual for Napoleon items reemployed by Louis XVIII), painter François Barbier & gilder de Choisy.
Diameter: 23, 5 cm.
One of the 144 plates of the “Service à dessert pour la table du Grand Maréchal” of 160 pieces, ordered in 1808, ornate with “fond rose et losanges enrichis n°2” and with the Emperor’s cipher at the center.
Géraud Christophe Michel Duroc, duke of Frioul, was the “Grand-Maréchal du Palais” of Napoléon I until his death in 1813.
Afterwards, Louis XVIII reused this service always in the palace after the fall of the Empire, that is for sure because of the presence of the King’s cipher, which replaced the Emperor’s one, but we don’t know exactly for which table, probably for a “secondary” service.
This service is mentioned in [COMPIEGNE, 1993], p. 18.and in [CAT. EX. 8], p. 222 note 9.