Plate from the dessert service: Service des arts Industriels

French
about 1823–28
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Painted by Jean-Charles Develly (French, 1783–1849) (French, 1783–1849)


Dimensions

Overall (approximately): 3.1 x 23.4 cm (1 1/4 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1911

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Part of set to which 65.1909, 65.1910, and 65.1911 also belong. The form of the plate is circular with a gently sloping rim. Each is painted with the same gilt border decoration of a trellis pattern enclosing quatrefoils within borders of leaf bands and further bands of untooled gilding against a dark blue background.

Plate 65.1911 depicts the manufacture of chalk. In the foreground of the outdoor scene, a man carrying tools converses with a woman holding a basket of chalk. In the middle distance, workers carry or prepare chalk which is stored in sheds with thatched roofs. Through an archway on the left which leads into the side of a cliff, workers are seen mining chalk.

Markings

13 X.bre 27 G. in green enamel, incised 22-6, other mark.

Provenance

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