Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (established 1756)
Sauceboat with gilt brass snake handles, from a 32-piece Sèvres Dessert service.
Sauceboat ('saucière nouvelle') with a matching stand, one of two, from a partial 32-piece Sèvres Dessert service, soft paste porcelain, comprising: two sauceboats and stands, two boat-shaped dishes ('plat à raves') and 24 plates. Each piece is painted with a garland of pink and blue flowers wrapped around a brown line band, between two 'bleu nouveau' bands with gilt foliate scrolls and line bands and scatttered flowers. Later painted with interlaced 'L''s in blue enamel. Deceptively, interlaced L’s and Vincennes date codes have been added to many of the pieces, probably in the 19th century, when collectors only bought pieces with these marks. Such marks were not used during the Revolutionary period (1793-1804).
This was the last service acquired by Ralph Dutton, who purchased it at Sotheby’s, London, on November 26, 1968, lot 38, ‘A Sèvres Dessert Service, each painted with sprigs of flowers and gilt oeil-de-perdrix, within blue borders, 2 sauce tureens and stands, 2 canoe shaped dishes 24 plates, - script and interlaced L’s marks (30 pieces)’ for £400. In his notebook, he adds the date ca. 1790, (fol. 239).
Marks and inscriptions
Base: Interlaced 'L's enclosing a date latter 'C' above painter's mark m...
Makers and roles
Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (established 1756), photographer