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Plate: C.65-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory




Hard-paste porcelain plate with a white ground centre and beau bleu ground border. In the centre are the Imperial Arms of France in gold and black.

Hard-paste porcelain decorated with a beau bleu ground, transfer-printingin gold, and gilding. Circular with slightly shelving border and shallow well. On the underside there are two concentric ridges close together outside the foot ring, and two 1 cm apart inside the footring. The front is decorated in the centre, with the Imperial Arms of France printed in gold with black outlines. On the cavetto there is a band of gold acorns and oak leaves with tips pointing towards the centre. The border has a beau bleu ground printed in gold with two alternating motifs. (A) A sphinx wearing the Imperial crown flanked by ribbons, and a collar and star of the Legion of Honour (?) round its neck, sitting on two oak branches; and (B) An N resting on the back of an eagle, standing with outstretched wings on a thunderbolt, with the Imperial crown above the N. There are bands of gilding round the outer and inner edges of the border and on the exterior of the footring.


History note: Acquired by the testator before October 1948

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest 1960

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.5 cm
Height: 2.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


19th Century, Early#
Production date: AD 1804 : date mark for 1804, but probably later

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, transfer-printed, and gilded.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the le of Imple raised with two horizontal lines beneath

  • Text: M. Imple de Sèvres
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: an horizontal line with semi-circle in the centre, and below, the same, reflecting it (so it looks like a circle separated by two horizontal lines)

  • Location: On base, below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.65-1961
Primary reference Number: 75752
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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