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A Fine 18th Century Sevres Shallow Bowl Of Lobed Form For Sale

A Fine 18th Century Sevres Shallow Bowl Of Lobed Form

A fine 18th century Sevres shallow bowl of lobed form, bouquets of pink roses to the central well, the border decorated with a blue garland surrounded by flowers. Interlaced Ls Sevres mark, date code Y for 1776; marked with an X for Jacques Francois Micaud, painter of flowers; gilder’s mark, a cursive B mark for Boulanger pere. The design of this bowl compares extremely closely to the Knole dessert service, made for the 3rd Duke of Dorset in 1770 and sold at Christies King St 2005, sale 7075 Lot 110 for 57,600 pounds. A number of dessert services were made in this pattern between 1770 and 1772 for important patrons including ones delivered to Earl of Carlisle and the Earl of Egremont. The dish we offer here may be a replacement piece made at Sevres for one of the services delivered a few years previously or from another service in the pattern made in 1776. Some research in the Sevres archive could be rewarding.

Excellent condition, fully intact, some wear to the interior (slight scratches to the glaze inside from use) and a little wear to the gilding.

240mm in diameter


All items are being sold from a friend's private collection in the UK, and will therefore be shipped from the UK, worldwide. Royal Mail tracked or signed for services are used a majority of the time for both UK and Overseas shipping, though please be advised Royal Mail have a 2kg limit for international orders, and shipments over 2kg will be sent via courier; we will use the courier who can provide the correct level of insurance and protection. Special Delivery (UK) shipping over 2kg is also of an increased cost, but this service provides adequate compensation for high value items. If you have any questions, queries or require a quote for postage to a worldwide location not listed please contact me, I aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours. Please also be advised that we do not offer 'Buy it Now' prices or end sales once they have started, unless there is a problem with the listing or item. Thank you for your interest, and don't forget to check our other listings as we will be uploading more items every weekend!

On 09-Mar-13 at 19:59:24 GMT, seller added the following information:


It has been suggested to us by a very knowledgeable buyer that the marks on this plate can be read differently. The X, which we read as the mark of Micaud, may in fact be the date mark for 1775. The Y, rather than the date, may be the mark of Bouillat pere, who sometimes wrote the letter in this way and who was, like Micaud, an outstanding painter of flowers. Significantly, our correspondent notes that Bouillat frequently and distinctively marked by placing the date letter and painter’s mark at either side of the interlaced Ls and has shown us examples from the Metropolitan Museum’s journals in which this is the case. We would like to thank this erudite er for his contribution. It is always fun to learn from people with a deep understanding of the subject. It now seems probable that the plate is a year earlier than we thought when we described it and that it was actually painted by Edme Francois Bouillat.

On 12-Mar-13 at 18:13:05 GMT, seller added the following information:


On 12-Mar-13 at 22:33:59 GMT, seller added the following information:


Welooked for incised marks when we described the plate, but if they are there, they are very faint even by Sevres standards. If you hold the plate with the marks upright, then at 10 o’clock right by the foot rim there is what may be an incised mark. It is about half an inch long and if it is a mark then it is like two halves of a figure 8 split in two by a gap of a millimetre.

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