Very rare Sèvres porcelain plate
Very rare Sèvres porcelain plate
From the service of Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Siciles, Duchess of Berry
Object N° 1762

With polychrome hand painted decoration of nectarines on leaves in the center, the marli with a lapis blue background is decorated with a gold frieze.

Very good condition.

Royal Factory of Sèvres, 1825.

Mark with blue stamp with the figure of King Charles X, dated 1825.

Mark of the painter Moïse Jacobber, active in Sèvres from 1818 to 1848.

D. 24 cm.


- Exhibition of Industrial Products, Palais du Louvre, Palais du Louvre, January 1, 1826, under No. 17.

- Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Siciles, Duchess of Berry (bought at the exhibition).

- Its sale, Collections of the Palais Vendramin in Venice, Drouot, May 8-13, 1865, lot 166.

- Private collection, Nice.


Still unknown to this day, our plate is one of the 48 from the dessert service described as "fond bleu lapis, ornements en or, fruits peints sur des feuilles", which entered the Sèvres sales store on December 20, 1825 (Arch. Sèvres, Vu1, 245-1). Composed moreover of 12 stewpot holders, 2 jasmine baskets, 2 coolers, 4 fruit bowls and 2 melissin sugar bowls, it was delivered in January 1826 to H.R.H. Madame la Duchesse de Berry, who noticed it at the Exposition des Produits de l'Industrie and acquired it immediately (Arch. Sèvres, Vbb7, 12 and Pb6, 1825, n°12).

This service was restocked every year until 1828, when it reached 130 plates. Our plate, dated 1825, is part of the first delivery.

Each plate is painted with a different fruit, precisely named on the reverse side, executed by the famous still life and fruit painter Moïse Jacobber and enhanced with gold by the gilder Vaubertrand.

Particularly appreciated by the Duchess of Berry, who kept it until her Venetian retirement in her palace at Vendramin, the service was part of the sale of the collections of the mother of the Count of Chambord, indebted and heavily indebted to her son.

A perfect testimony to one of the most beautiful services of the Restoration, our plate also illustrates the Duchess of Berry's passion for botany and the productions of nature, whose particularly well-executed brugnons reflect the very high level of quality never achieved by Sèvres under the leadership of its director Alexandre Brongniart.

Related works

- Part of the service including 24 plates, 2 compotiers, 2 fruit bowls and 1 ice box, sold at Doutrebente, Drouot, November 25, 2005, lot 161 (sold for €140,000).

- Oval platter dated 1825 then delivered in 1827 on the second delivery, sold at Sotheby's Paris on March 29, 2007, lot 122 (€46,800) then sold at Christie's NY on October 21-22, 2010, lot 640 ($43,750).

- Pair of coolers dated 1827 and 1828, sold at Tessier-Sarrou, Drouot, March 29, 2017, lot 173 (€13,125).

- Same part of service as at Doutrebente, sold at Christie's Paris on November 28, 2017, lot 637.


Exhibition catalog, Entre cour et jardin, Marie-Caroline duchesse de Berry, Musée de l'Ile de France, Sceaux, 2007, p. 169 (two illustrated plates).