Tray made as a table top

French
1757
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 32.6 x 26.6 cm (7/8 x 12 13/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

65.1784

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The tray is of oblong shape with lobed corners and gently undulating sides. In the corner of the large shaped reserve is a pink ground foliate motif which is slightly warmer in hue than the pink ground that surrounds the reserve. Garlands of mixed flowers are painted to create the illusion of winding both over and under the radiating elements of the motif, the gilt edges of which are feathered. A gilt starburst motif decorates the center. Mixed flowers and tendrils are painted along the outer edges of the reserve, which is framed by gilt flowers, fronds, scrolls, and a bow at the center of each long side, all of which are shaded in purple. Feathered gilt decoration fills each of the four indented corners of the tray, and a gilt dentil band decorates the rim.

Inscription

Interlaced Ls enclosing date letter E, painter's mark L of Denis Leve (active at Sevres 1754-93, 1795-1805) below, both in blue enamel; encised c.

Provenance

Possibly Earl of Rosebery, Mentmore Castle, England [see note 1]. By 1944, with Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York; December 28, 1944, Rosenberg & Stiebel 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)

NOTES:
[1] see Jeffrey H. Munger, in "The Forsyth Wickes Collection" (1992, p. 166).

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection