The Judith Howard Collection

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A Sèvres plate (assiette) from the Comte Lascaris service c.1771

£1,000 - £2,000 £8,500

A Sèvres plate (assiette) from the Comte Lascaris service c.1771, painted with a central group of pink roses within a berried leaf garland encircling a gilt ring, the rim with three oval panels of colourful birds, linked by gilt oak leaf swags and reserved on a bleu celeste ground, traces of a blue interlaced Ls mark, 24.5cm.

The service of which this plate was part was commissioned by Louis XV as a diplomatic gift on the occasion of the marriage of his grandson Louis-Stanislas-Xavier, Comte de Provence (later Louis XVIII), to Marie-Josephine-Louise de Savoie, eldest surviving daughter of the King of Sardinia. It was presented on behalf of the king by Louis-Marie-Gabriel-César, baron de Choiseul d'Esquilly, French Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sardinia to Giuseppe Vincenzo, Count Lascaris, Minister and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for Sardinia, on 25 March 1771. A large portion of the service is retained at the Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Cf. David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century, vol. II, pp. 449-451.

Provenance: purchased from Cromwell Antique Centre, 17th December 2006.

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