Covered sugar bowl and stand

sucrier feuille de choux et plateau

French
1759
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Decorated by Etienne Evans (French, born 1733, active 1752–1806)


Dimensions

Overall (Bowl with cover): 11.5 x 15.3 x 11.9 cm (4 1/2 x 6 x 4 11/16 in.) Overall (stand): 3.3 x 24.2 x 19.6 cm (1 5/16 x 9 1/2 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1809a-c

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The oval bowl has a simple footring and four reserved panels molded in low relief in the form of a cabbage leaf (feuille de choux). The domed cover, which has four smaller but similar reserved panels, is surmounted by a finial in the form of two interlocked branches with leaf terminals. The oval stand has four similarly molded reserved panels and a scalloped rim. The ground color is underglaze dark blue (bleu lapis) and the reserves are painted with birds in landscapes. Each reserve is framed by feathered gilding and a section of asymmetrical gilt scrolling, and a feathered gilt band extends from one reserve to another. The inner and outer rims of the bowl, the outer rim of the stand, and the rim of the cover are decorated with gilt dentil bands. A plain gilt band encircles the foot of both the bowl and the stand.

Inscription

Sugarbowl: interlaced Ls enclosing date letter G, painter's mark of a dagger for Etienne Evans (active at Sevres 1778-1806) below, in blue enamel; incised ca. Stand: painted marks as above; incised t t.

Provenance

1759, possibly sold by the Sèvres factory to M. de Beauvoir [see note 1]. Paul Reinach, Paris [see note 2]. Jacques Seligmann, Paris [see note 2]; probably sold by Seligmann to Henry Walters (b. 1848 - d. 1931), New York and Baltimore; April 26, 1941, Sarah Green (Mrs. Henry) Walters sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 644, to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] This sugar bowl and stand may have been one of the two "sucrier et plateaux feuilles de choux" sold at 72 livres each to M. de Beauvoir, September 12-20, 1759. See Jeffrey H. Munger et al., "The Forsyth Wickes Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" (Boston, 1992), pp. 173-174, cat. no. 120. [2] According to the 1941 auction catalogue ("The Mrs. Henry Walters Art Collection, Volume One," Parke-Bernet, New York, April 23-26, 1941), p. 139, lot 644. Henry Walters purchased extensively from the Paris and New York branches of the Seligmann galleries.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection