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Écuelle et plateau 'nouvelle forme': C.54 & A & B-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Écuelle et plateau 'nouvelle forme'


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Rosset, Pierre-Joseph
Gilder: Chauvaux, Jean




Hard-paste porcelain écuelle, cover and stand, with a white ground, blue and red oeil-de-perdrix decoration, reserves painted in enamels with figures in landscapes, and gilded.

Hard-paste porcelain, thrown and moulded, painted in blue, shades of green, yellow, pink, red, shades of brown, and grey enamels, and gilded. Circular bowl with two ribbed handles and domed cover with a bursting pomegranate on a branch for a handle. The stand is approximately circular with an openwork handle at each side formed by crossed foliate branches. There is a circular depression in the centre to hold the foot of the bowl. There is a suspension hole in the footring of the bowl and stand, and inside the cover.The ground of each piece is white with blue and red oeil-de-perdrix decoration. There are two oval reserves on the bowl, and two kidney-shaped reserves on the cover and stand, framed by bands of gilding tooled with wavy sprays of berries, and painted with figures in landscapes with buildings and distant hills. The borders are composed of pink roses and four-petalled pink flowers enclosed by gold garlands on a ground of red, vertical striations. There are heavy bands of gilding round the rims of the bowl and stand and touches of gilding on the handles and finial.


History note: Uncertain before L.C.G. Clarke, Leckhampton, Cambridge

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 1782 : The bowl and stand bear the date letter for 1782


Covered bowls and stands (écuelles and plateaux), were used to take soup and bread in their owner's bedroom or boudoir while they were dressing, and were not usually included in orders for dinner services. They were being made in soft-paste porcelain at Vincennes by 1751., and several different shapes were introduced during the 1750s. Hard-paste écuelles of 'nouvelle forme' first appeared in the stock list of 1773.

School or Style

Louis XVI

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels gold
Bowl Diameter 12.7 cm
Bowl And Cover Height 11 cm
Stand Height 4 cm Length 22.9 cm Width 19.7 cm
Bowl With Handles Width 17 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing ee

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

Inscription present: a hatchet

  • Location: On base of bowl and stand
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark

Inscription present: possibly the mark of Jean Chauvaux, jeune or cadet, working at Sèvres 1764-1800

  • Text: IN
  • Location: On base of bowl and stand
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Gilder's mark

Inscription present: in script

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

Inscription present: in script

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

Inscription present: in script

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

Inscription present: circular white paper label

  • Text: Sevres/Ecuelle Co &/Stand 1782/Dec by/Rosset
  • Location: On base of tand
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.54 & A & B-1961
Primary reference Number: 93746
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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