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Plateau carré: C.18-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Plateau carré


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Evans, Etienne (Probably)


  • Tray
  • Factory name: plateau carré



Soft-paste porcelain tray, decorated with a bleu céleste ground, painting in enamels, and gilding: two birds carrying branches.

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with bleu céleste ground, painting in blue, green, yellow dark pink, pale purple, and reddish-brown enamels, and gilding. Square with low, sloping sides, slightly warped in firing. The unglazed base is pinkish in places, and is speckled in black all over. It has a suspension hole near the left edge (when front is to viewer). The central area is painted in polychrome with two birds carrying branches in their claws. The sides are bleu céleste with a band of gilt flowers and foliage at their junction with the base, and a band of dentilated gilding round the upper edge.


History note: Acquired by Louis C.G. Clarke before October 1948 when included in an inventory of his collection at Leckhampton, Cambridge; bequeathed by him, 1960.

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequst, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.9 cm
Width: 10.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ Île de France ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-18th Century
Louis XV
Production date: AD 1760 : The tray bears the date letter G once thought to stand for 1759, or 1759-60, but since 2014, has been revised to 1760.


Etienne Evans (b. c. 1723) , who worked at the factory from 1752-1806, had formerly been a fan painter. He became a specialist in bird-painting.

The plateau carré with plain sides was in production by 1753. This is the third and smallest size which from 1755 was usually supplied as part of a dejeuner carré with a cup and saucer, or a cup only. Overglaze bleu céleste grounds were introduced in 1753.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( bleu celeste) enamels ( blue, green, yellow dark pink, pale purple, and reddish-brown) gold
Interior And Sides composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead-glaze)

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated overglaze with a bleu céleste ground, painting in blue, green, yellow dark pink, pale purple, and reddish-brown enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing G with a dot each side of the top of the Ls and a dot in the centre below

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

Inscription present: a dagger looking like a cross

  • Text: l with sweeping diagonal line (bottom left to top right) through it
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark

Inscription present: 6c or bc

  • Text: 6c
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18-1961
Primary reference Number: 93553
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 April 2019 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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