Tray

French
about 1750
Made by Sinceny Manufactory


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall: 52.1 x 41 cm (20 1/2 x 16 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2006.897

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

A polychrome octagonal tray (plateau de table), the border reserved with foliage enriched with green and small leaves enriched with red on a blue ground.


This tray is animated with brightly colored flowers, trees, and birds surrounding two Chinese horsemen. Such scenes were often inspired by engravings, though we do not know the source for this hunting scene. The holes at the top of the rim suggest this was inteded to hang on a wall rather than serve as an actual tray.

Inscription

Labels on underside from 1932 exhibition at Musee des arts decoratifs (#2320) and from the Papillon sale.

Provenance

Until 1918, Georges Papillon (b. 1849 - d. 1918), Sevres, France; March 10-12, 1919, posthumous Papillon sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 115. By April 1932, Jacques Simon [see note 1]. By 1993, Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2008), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

Notes:

1. The tray is illustrated in Chompret et al., "Repertoire de la faience francaise" (Paris: Serge Lapina Imp., 1933), which was published to accompany the "Exposition retrospective de la faience francaise" at the Musee des arts decoratifs, Paris, in 1932. It was lent to this exhibition by Jacques Simon.

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger