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Plateau losange: C.27-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Plateau losange


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (Uncertain)
Gilder: Buteux, Pierre-Théodore (Uncertain)




Soft-paste porcelain tray, decorated with a pink marbled ground, and a reserve painted in enamels with two exotic birds perched in a tree, and gilding.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated overglaze with a rose marbré ground, painting in blue, shades of green, yellow, pink, purple, and brown enamels, and gilding. Diamond-shaped with slightly sloping sides and lobed edge. The glaze on the reverse is very speckly. There is a suspension hole in the footring at the top. The tray has a rose ground decorated with blue enamel marbling and sablé gilding.. The central oval reserve, is framed by a broad band of gilding tooled with panels of trellis separated by four strokes, and painted in polychrome with two exotic birds perching in the branches of a tree in a landscape. There are remnants of a band of gilding round the edge.


History note: Lent to the Fitzwilliam Museum by L.C.G. Clarke, in March 1948; bequeathed on his death on 13 December 1960

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Length: 29.5 cm
Width: 25.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Louis XV
Circa 1760 CE - Circa 1763 CE


A tray for dejeuners, described as a 'plateau losange' was introduced in 1756 and was made with plain or pierced sides without handles, or with plain or pierced sides with handles which could be scrolled or be a continuation of the zig-zag batons on the sides

Rose marbré grounds were used from about 1760 to about 1763 and could take various forms, some versions resembling marbling, others appearing more like pebbling, jagged stars, or shattered ice patterns. This tray bears an incised mark commonly found on Sèvres porcelain, but the decoration was almost certainly added later.

This tray has no date letter, and the four dot mark on the footring is similar to that of Théodore, now identified as Pierre-Théodore Buteux, but who did not begin working at the factory as a painter of blue edgings and gilder until 1765. Peters preferred to attribute the mark of four dots and one dot to an unidentified painter of birds c. 1758

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, shades of green, yellow, pink, purple, and brown) ground colour ( pink) gold
Side Height 3 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with a rose marbré ground with sablé gilding, painted in blue, shades of green, yellow, pink, purple, and brown enamels, and gilding.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 19 or 61
  • Location: On base by footring to right of suspension hole at top
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: interlaced Ls enclosing a dot

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

Inscription present: four dots

  • Location: On footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: circular white paper label

  • Text: Lent by/Louis C G Clarke/March 1948/1 (last in black)
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Painter/Aloncle/Gild/Theodore
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27-1961
Primary reference Number: 73961
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 29 November 2022 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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