Oval platter

French
1778 (?)
In the manner of Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Dimensions

Overall: 3.6 x 33.1 x 26.6 cm (1 7/16 x 13 1/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

65.1907

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The oval tray has a broad flat rim and a small recessed center. It is decorated with a turquoise (bleu celeste) ground and medallions painted in the style of cameos with scenes and heads derived from antiquity and mythology. Gilt scrolling bands decorate the sections between the medallions, and the central oval reserve is painted with the crowned cypher of Catherine (Ekaterina) II enclosed by leaf garlands.

Markings

interlaced Ls enclosing date letters AA, painter's mark Y below, in blue enamel, incised C Mai in script.

Provenance

By 1952, Duveen Brothers, New York; November 14, 1952, Duveen Brothers sold 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)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection