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Plateau losange corbeille à jour: C.41A-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Plateau losange corbeille à jour


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Production: Levé, Denis (Possibly)


  • Tray
  • Factory name: corbeille losange
  • plateau-corbeille losange ajourée



Soft-paste porcelain tray with pierced sides, decorated with a bleu céleste ground, a reserve painted in enamels with a bouquet of flowers, and gilding.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, pierced, and decorated with a bleu céleste ground, painting in blue, green, yellow, pale and dark pink, mauve. and black enamels, and gilding. Lozenge-shaped with deep, sloping sides, moulded and pierced to resemble stylised leaves with an anthemion in the centre of each side. The rim is scalloped and the lower part of the outer edge of the footring is moulded to resemble basketwork. There is a suspension hole in the footring. The ground is bleu céleste decorated with garlands of gilt husks In the centre there is an oval reserve framed by a band of gilding tooled with scrolling leaves, and painted in polychrome enamels with a bouquet of flowers and foliage. The interior and exterior of the sides have a bleu celeste ground alternating with reserved white zones outlined with gold.

One of a pair with C.41B-1961.


History note: Count A.D. Chérémetèff Collection, St Petersburg. Exhibited by A. Wertheimer, 158 Bond Street, London, 1906, CHECK IF NOS 12 AND 13; Mrs Walter Burns, 69 & 71 Brook Street, London; Mary Ethel, Viscountess Harcourt; sold Christie's, London, 22 June 1927, Old English and Continental porcelain, decorative objects and old French furniture, lot 19 CHECK SALE CATALOGUE; Louis C.G. Clarke (1881-1960); bequeathed by Louis C.G. Clarke, 1960.

Legal notes

L.C.G.Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.5 cm
Length: 30.5 cm
Width: 25.5 cm

Relative size of this object

30.5 cm5.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-18th Century
Louis XV
Production date: dated AD 1769 : The tray bears the date letter q for 1769


The painter, Denis Levé is recorded as using a Roman L as his mark, but Riocreux also gives a script L which on this piece is followed by a dot. (MNS Vj’2). Peters, 2005, vol. I, p. 56. He worked at the factory between 1754 and 1793 and 1795 to 1805, concentrating on flowers, birds, and patterns.

The plateau lozange, designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis, was introduced in 1755.

This plateau losange corbeille ajourée and its pair, with two compotiers and a seau crenelle, all decorated with swags of husks or wheat ear, probably formed part of a service decorated with birds from Buffon or flowers, which in the 19th century belonged to Count A.D. Sheremetev (Chérémetèff) and was sold in London by the dealer Asher Wertheimer of Bond Street in 1906.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( bleu celeste) enamels ( blue, green, yellow, dark pink, mauve. and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, pierced, and decorated with a bleu celeste ground, painting in blue, green, yellow, dark pink, mauve. and black enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing q

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

Inscription present: L in script

  • Text: L
  • Location: On base, below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: Collection of/Viscount Harcourt
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in ink
  • Type: Label
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In ink and print
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.41A-1961
Primary reference Number: 93586
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 29 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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