The Judith Howard Collection - 04 Feb 2020

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A Sèvres plate (assiette) c.1770

£5,000 - £8,000 £12,000

A Sèvres plate (assiette) c.1770, for Madame du Barry, the well decorated with a monogram of the gilt letter D and the letter B in flowers, the rim with circlets of ivy tied with ribbon between swags of fruiting grapevine, flanking three small panels containing putti on clouds, the rim with shaped diaper panels in puce and gilt, blue interlaced Ls mark, 24.2cm.

Cf. David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century, Vol. II, pp.495-98 for a discussion of a service similar to that produced for Maria Caroline, Queen of Naples and Sicily which was started for Madame du Barry but never finished. Examples are known with contemporary decoration and gilding, as well as with 19th century gilding and 19th century full decoration. This plate differs to that service in lacking the baskets of flowers to the rim, but has other similarities and appears to be a rare survival.

Provenance: purchased from Michael Upsall, Warminster, 1st August 1985 as Judith's 40th birthday present to herself.

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