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Plateau Hébert: C.25-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Plateau Hébert


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Morin, Jean-Louis


  • Tray
  • Factory name: plateau Hébert



Soft-paste porcelain, decorated with a bleu nouveau ground vermiculé d'or, and an oval reserve painted in polychrome enamels with a scene of merchants and sailors on a wharf, within a gilded border.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, decorated with an overglaze bleu nouveau ground, painting in blue, a little green, yellow, pink, red, sand colour, pale brown, grey, white, and black enamels, and gilding. Oval with four lobes on the long sides, and flattened ends to which are attached handles with foliated terminals. There are two suspension holes in the footring at right angles to each other (at bottom of scene and right when back is facing viewer). The ground is bleu nouveau vermiculé d'or. The central oval reserve is framed by a gold band with tooled striations, and painted in polychrome with a scene depicting a woman, a merchant, and sailors on a wharf, with cliffs and the sea in the background. One box on the left below the mast is inscribed 'J A' and another '1759'. The box with a jar on top is inscribed 'R' with a six-armed cross formed by two triangles beside it. The large bale on the right is inscribed on the left of its end: interlaced Cs with below, '2' with reversed 'S' beside it, upside down when the scene is the correct way up; and on the right side of the end with a double lined cross and on either side of the cord, 'XX'. On the left of its top 'JV' and top right an 'H' with to its left another not legible sign. There is a band of gilding round the edge of the rim, and footring, and touches of gilding on the handles and leaf terminals.


History note: Louis C.G. Clarke by whom lent to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1948; bequeathed on his death on 13 December 1960

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Length: 30.5 cm
Width: 22.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Production date: AD 1764 : The tray bears the date letter for 1764


Forms described as Hébert were named after the marchand-mercier, Thomas-Joachim Hébert, or possibly another Hébert, secrétaire du roi, who had been involved in the transfer of the factory from the Charles Adam company to the Eloi Brichard company in 1752. (see Documentation, Savill, 1988, III) The plateau Hébert, which was used to support a tea set (dejeuner) was made in two forms, with or without handles. One version, had four lobes of equal size on each side and flattened ends, as this one does, and the other had four large lobes with much smaller ones between them. The handles were also of two forms, one plain with foliated terminals, and the other reeded with looped and foliated terminals. This tray has the former type. The trays were being made by November 1752 and a second size was in production in 1753. Models for both survive at the factory. The overglaze bleu nouveau ground colour was introduced in 1763.

Jean-Louis Morin (1732-87) was employed at the factory from 1754 until 1787. He became a specialist in painting in military, seascape, and harbour scenes, from the end of the 1750s, having worked earlier on cherubs, birds in landscapes, trophies and, from about 1758-63, Teniers scenes. He was one of the factory's best figure painters.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( blue) enamels gold
Side Height 3.1-3.5 cm
Over Handle Height 4.7-4.9 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated, with an overglaze bleu nouveau ground, painting in blue, green, yellow, pink, red, sand colour, pale brown, grey, white, and black enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing L

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: the mark of the painter Jean-Louis Morin (1732-87)

  • Text: M
  • Location: On base, above the factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: 25
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: 14
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: square white paper, now discoloured brown

  • Text: Quay Scene/by Morin/1764
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25-1961
Primary reference Number: 73644
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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