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Plateau: C.21-1947

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Chappuis, Antoine-Joseph




Soft-paste porcelain decorated with bleu céleste border, and painted in the centre in polychrome enamels with an owl and other birds in a landscape

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with bleu céleste ground colour, painting in blue, several shades of green, yellow, pink, mauve, brown, and black enamels, and gilding. Oval, the shallow, sloping sides divided into four large lobes separated by four smaller lobes. There is a suspension hole in the foot ring. The whole is rather heavy for size. The centre of the tray is painted in polychrome with a yellow bird flying towards an owl perching in a tree with another bird perched above it and one bird flying overhead to the left The tree stands in a wood, with a hut beside it. The inside edge of the sides has a bleu céleste and gold wave pattern, below which are swags and garlands of flowers and foliage, looped up to the waves by ropes and tassels alternating with four birds, three of which hold the swags in their beaks and one in its claws. The birds are painted in polychrome. There is a dentilated gold band round the edge. The exterior of the tray has a band of gilding round the foot and round the upper edge, a border of small panels of trellis, oiel-de-perdrix, stripes, and scale patterns, bodered by scrolls.


History note: Uncertain before donor, Leonard Partridge

Legal notes

Given by Leonard Partridge

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.2 cm
Length: 29.4 cm
Width: 24.5 cm

Relative size of this object

29.4 cm3.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947-12-12) by Partridge, Leonard


18th/19th Century
1761 CE - 1900 CE


The purported painter, Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (1743-87), joined the factory as a répareur in 1756, and moved to the painters' workshop in October, 1761. He specialized in bird and flower-painting. However, it seems likely that this piece was decorated considerably later, probably in the 19th century.

The turquoise swags on the border are atypical, and strongly reminiscent of a tray formerly in the collection of Mrs K. Gifford-Scott which was sold by Sotheby’s, on 7 June 1984, Nineteenth Century Ceramics and Sculpture, Works of Art and Furniture, lot 1, bearing the date letter B for 1754, and also an N for Aloncle who did not join the factory until 1758.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, several shades of green, yellow, pink, mauve, brown, and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, decorated with turquise (bleu céleste) ground colour, painting in blue, several shades of green, yellow, pink, mauve, brown, and black enamels, and gilding, some areas tooled

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced, slightly foliated L's enclosing I, with two dots below

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

Inscription present: above factory mark

  • Text: cp
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: gc
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.21-1947
Primary reference Number: 93536
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 6 March 2018 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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