Curious marli with a bluish gray ground enhanced with gold friezes, with polychrome central decoration of a Ficoïde "en doloire" after Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840), captioned on the bottom.
Good condition, wear on gold.
Sèvres National Factory, 1802-1803.
Mark with red stamp dated from year XI.
D. 23 cm.
Possible "project" plate for the service called Liliaceae or Flowers of La Malmaison which will be delivered to the Empress Joséphine at the Palace of Saint-Cloud on March 28, 1805. Only the marli differs from the 72 pieces with red brown background currently known.
The archives of Sèvres do not mention any other service with a tel decor of a kind of flower, before the "beautiful blue background service, flowers from nature, rich gold decoration" which will be purchased on January 19, 1813 by Philippe Claude Maëlrondt, famous curiosity merchant under the Empire.
We know of other plates with the same decor as ours kept in private collections, which leads us to believe that it was really a service.