Plate from the dessert service: Service des arts Industriels
Overall (approximately): 3.1 x 23.4 cm (1 1/4 x 9 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration
Not On View
Part of Industrial Arts Service, to which 65.1908, 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 65.1909 depicts the interiors of a glazing workshop and a gilding workshop at the Sèvres factory. In the middle ground, a man standing at a counter sifts powdered blue glaze; behind him two seated men apply ground colors with a brush to a plate (pink) and to a section of a large vase (blue). The shelves contain vases and wares which have received a ground color, and variously glazed test tiles hang above one counter. Four women burnishing gilding on pieces of porcelain are seen through a rounded archway. The preparatory drawing for this design is also in the MFA’s collection, 1987.260.
stamped interlaced Ls enclosing a fleur de lis, Sevres, 23 in blue enamel; 17 j.n 19 in green enamel; other mark in gold: D.Y. in red enamel; incised 18-7, other mark.
Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection