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Écuelle ronde tournée et plateau ovale: C.52 & A & B-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Écuelle ronde tournée et plateau ovale


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Levé, Denis (Probably)
Gilder: Chauvaux, Michel-Barnabé




Soft-paste porcelain écuelle with cover and stand, with a bleu nouveau ground, birds, flowers, fruit and garden implements painted in enamels, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with a bleu nouveau ground, painting in blue, green, yellow, orange, dark pink, mauve, pale purple, pale brown, and grey enamels, and gilding. The bowl is circular with two double entwined branch handles and a domed cover with a handle in the form of a laurel branch with leaves and berries. The oval stand has an almost straight edge at the sides, upward curving ends, and a circular depression in the centre for the foot of the bowl. The bowl and stand have two suspension holes in the footring, and the stand has a third filled in with glaze. The cover has one hole. The bleu nouveau ground is decorated round the edges between the reserves with elaborate gilding of circular garlands flanked by pointillé pedestals, scrolling foliage, and floral sprays, and in the central depresseion with a wreath of laurel. There are two oval reserves on the bowl; two kidney-shaped reserves on the cover, and two larger kidney-shaped reserves on the stand, all framed by broad bands of tooled gilding. The two reserves on the bowl are of garden scenes: 1. A bird perching on a curved wall beside a pedestal on which is an ovoid vase of flowers, and on the ground to left, an arrangement of fruit. 2. On the right, a grey watering can beside some large fruit, a rake leaning against a bank with two flower pots beside it, and a bird flying overhead. On the cover: 1. A blue vase of flowers on a pedestal with a group of grapes and peaches on the right, and a bird to left, all resting on a marble slab. 2. A blue ovoid vase of flowers, with a basket of roses to left on a marble slab. On the stand: 1. A blue vase of flowers, with a group of fruit to right, and a bird and a plant to left on a marble slab. 2. A yellow ewer with a bird and a basket of flowers and two bunches of grapes to left, a draped curtain to right, and two tassels on cords above. The handles are white with touches of gilding and there are bands of gilding round the foot and rim of the bowl and round the edges of the cover and stand.


History note: Acquired before October 1948 by L.C.G. Clarke, MA, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Late
Louis XVI
Production date: AD 1780 : Both pieces bear the date letter for 1780


This is an ecuelle ronde tournée, Savill's shape A, of the third size (c. 11 to 11.8 cm high), with a plateau ovale, Savill's shape E of the second size (c.22.3 to 23 cm). Second size stands went with second or third size bowls.

Écuelles were used by men and women to take food broth or soup during their lengthy toilette. They were rarely included in dinner services. The écuelle ronde was made from 1752 in four sizes with round or oval stands.

School or Style

Louis XVI

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( bleu nouveau) enamels gold
Bowl Diameter 13.1 cm Width 17.3 cm
Bowl And Cover Height 11.3 cm
Stand Height 3.7 cm Length 22.4 cm Width 18.6 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing cc

  • Text: cc
  • Location: On base of bowl and stand
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: script L followed by a dot

  • Text: L.
  • Location: On base of bowl and stand, below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark

Inscription present: an X made up of double lines

  • Location: On base of bowl and stand, below painter's mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Gilder's mark

Inscription present: the 4 is of open type

  • Text: 43
  • Location: On bowl
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: a question mark with long tail

  • Text: ?
  • Location: On bowl
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: LV
  • Location: On stand at one end in front of suspension hole
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: printed in black SEVRES, hand-written in black ink Painter Leve père (crossed out)/1780/Gilder Chauvaux Senior
  • Location: On base of stand
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.52 & A & B-1961
Primary reference Number: 93690
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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