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Plateau dejeuner du roi: C.11-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Plateau dejeuner du roi


Factory: Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Dodin, Charles Nicolas
Designer: Boucher, François (After)
Engraver: Le Prince, Jean Baptiste (After)


  • Tray
  • Factory name: plateau dejeuner du roi



Soft-paste porcelain tray, decorated with a bleu lapis border embellished with gilding, and painted mainly in blue enamel in the centre with a boy and girl seated beside a bird trap in a landscape.

Soft-paste porcelain, decorated with an underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in blue, flesh-pink, a little red, and pale brown enamels and gilding. Oval with a notch in the rim at each end, and at the centre of each side, shallow curved sides and flat centre. There is a suspension hole in the footring. The central area is painted in blue enamel with a boy and girl seated beside a bird trap in a landscape. Their flesh and the girl's hair are painted in natural colours. The sides of the dish have a bleu lapis ground enriched with a spray of gilded and tooled flowers and foliage at the centre of each side, and round the inner edge with a plain gold band and rococo scrolls and small trellis-filled or striated half oval cartouches. There is a dentilated gold band round the rim and a plain band round the outer edge of the foot.


History note: Purchased from Mallett’s , London for £20 before October 1948 by Louis C.G. Clarke, Leckhampton, Cambridge; bequeathed by him, 1960

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.4 cm
Length: 28.3 cm
Width: 21 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vincennes ⪼ Val-de-Marne ⪼ France
  • Paris ⪼ Val-de-Marne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
1755 CE - 1756 CE


Children painted in monochrome blue with coloured faces and hands were popular around 1756. On 20 May 1756 a plateau du Roy of the 2nd size decorated with ‘Enfans camayeux chaires colorées’ with a cup saucer and sucrier similarly decorated costing 144 livres was delivered to M. Bazin. (Archives MNS Vy 1 fol. 125v). The vignette in the centre of this tray was taken from a print by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince (1734-81) 'La Chasse' (after the lower part of a panel . 'La Chassse aux oiseaux et l'Horticulture' painted by Boucher between 1751 and 1755 in Madame de Pompadour's boudoir at the chateau de Crécy, or 'Les Jeunes Oiseleurs', also after François Boucher. (See Documentation, Jean-Richard, 1978). The scene was also executed in polychrome.

This tray has been associated with those described in the factory's archives as plat long uni or plateau ovale in production by 1752. Rosalind Savill, however, believed it to be the form known as a plateau dejeuner du roi first recorded in 1754, and usually supplied with one or two cups and saucers and tea bowl. This example conforms to the first and larger size of two, stated by Savill to be 28.3 to 29 x 21 cm, which is less common than the second size. A model for the tray survives at the factory.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, flesh-pink, a little red, and pale brown) blue ground colour gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded decorated with underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in blue, flesh-pink, a little red, and pale brown enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's inclosing C

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue underglaze with the date letter in enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: K
  • Location: On base below the factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: a dot
  • Location: On interior of footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Mark
  • Location: On base near narrow end
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: Date Letter/C for 1755/Painter Dodin
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11-1961
Primary reference Number: 82544
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 August 2022 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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