A Fine Set of Eleven Sèvres-Style Armorial Cabinet Plates

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Object Description

A Fine Set of Eleven Sèvres-Style Armorial Cabinet Plates.

French, Circa 1900.

Marked to the reverse with blue underglaze interlaced ‘L’s’.

Each plate is finely painted and gilt with a dark powder-blue scalloped border and pendant husks, centred by the arms of the Loftus family, Earl’s of Ely.

The arms consist of a shield with supporters of two eagles, wings inverted, argent, each charged on the breast with a trefoil slipped azure, and motto ‘LOYAL AU MORT’. The Earl’s coronet is surmounted by a helmet bearing the crest of a boar’s head erased and erect.

A comparative Royal Worcester bowl with dark blue and gilt border and centred by the arms of Nicholas Loftus dating from 1766 is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London [VAM 414:523-1885].

Object History

The Sèvres Porcelain manufactory was founded to the east of Paris in the disused royal château of Vincennes, late in 1739-40.

It was not until 1756 that it moved to the village of Sèvres, west of Paris, strategically placed en route to King Louis XV’s palace of Versailles. Here it was also adjacent to Louis’s mistress Madame de Pompadour’s own château at Bellevue.

A great lover of Sèvres porcelain, she was delighted with the factory’s new location – as she knew she could entice Louis to take a greater interest in it when it was so near to their own residences. Indeed, the King became such a keen patron of the factory that when in 1759 it ran into financial difficulties, he bought out the shareholders and became the sole proprietor. The factory remained a royal enterprise until the French Revolution, when it was nationalised.

Sèvres’ position at the beginning of the nineteenth century was extremely precarious. No longer a royal enterprise, and having lost much of its clientele during the revolution, its funding reflected the ruinous state of the French economy.

However the Manufactory rose to this challenge, achieving the remarkable accomplishment of staying continuously in the forefront of European ceramic production despite the myriad changes in technology, taste, and patronage that occurred during this tumultuous century. The vast and diverse production of the Sèvres factory in the nineteenth century resists easy characterisation, and its history during this period reflects many of the changes affecting French society in the years between 1800 and 1900.

Important designers and influential artistic directors were always at the forefront of Sèvres’s innovation. Famous artists who designed for Sèvres have included Louis-Simon Boizot, Théophile Fragonard, Hector Guimard, Serge Poliakoff , Auguste Rodin and Louise Bourgeois. One of the most influential artists was Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse who became artistic director in 1876 and was famed for his designs.

Object Literature

Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions – London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2006.

Savill, Rosalind. The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, Vol III, Paul Holberton, 1998.

Paredes, Liana. Sèvres Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain’, 1750-2000, D Giles Ltd, 2009.

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