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Plateau à baguettes: C.44-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Plateau à baguettes


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory


  • Tray
  • Factory name: plateau à baguettes



Soft-paste porcelain tray, decorated with a bleu nouveau ground, a reserve painted in enamels with a scene of an altar dedicated to Hymen, and gilding

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with a bleu nouveau ground, painting in blue, pale shades of green, yellow, pink, red, pale and dark brown, and grey enamels, and gilding. Of four-lobed oval shape, the rim moulded as a series of looped scrolls, the two end ones rising to form handles decorated with bows of ribbon. The inner edges of the lobes are scalloped and fluted. There is a suspension hole in the footring. The bleu nouveau ground is overlaid by garlands of flowers and and of leaves and berries, linked by scrolls in tooled gilding. The oval quatrefoil reserve in the centre is edged with a wide band of gilding tooled with flowerheads, and painted with a scene depicting an altar to Hymen beneath a tree. The altar is in the form of a fluted pink marble column on which stands a basket of flowers containing a flaming heart. To the right of the altar are two doves standing on an overturned urn, a two garlands of pink roses, and a bow and quiver. To the left is a torch, and a shield bearing a heart pierced by an arrow. Another bow and a quiver are suspended from the tree. In the background there is a flowering bush, and distant trees. The looped scrolls on the edge and the bows are white with gilded edges.


History note: Acquired before October 1948 by Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, (1881-1960) Cambridge; bequeathed by him

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Length: 38.1 cm
Width: 26 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Circa 1765 CE - Circa 1775 CE


Bleu nouveau grounds were introduced in 1763 and continued until 1771, although from 1768 they begn to be replaced by beau bleu.

This form is believed to be the tray described as plateau à baguettes or baguettes à rubans in the factory's sales records and inventories in the 1760s. The term means 'piped' or moulded, and probably refers to the edging on the rim which resembles the piped edges on cushions or upholstery. It was used with teasets.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, pale shades of green, yellow, pink, red, pale and dark brown, and grey enamels) gold
Over Handles Height 5.4 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with a blue nouveau ground, painting in blue, pale shades of green, yellow, pink, red, pale and dark brown, and grey enamels enamels, and gilding.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's

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

Inscription present: in script

  • Text: sm
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: in script

  • Text: BY
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: the second seven has been alterred

  • Text: printed, SEVRES, hand-written, circa 1770
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1961
Primary reference Number: 93590
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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