- Museum number
Soup Plate; soft-paste porcelain; lead-glazed; deep plate with wide border moulded with six wide lobes alternating with a smaller one; painted in underglaze-blue with scattered leaf and flower sprays; border outlined in blue; maker's mark.
- Production date
- 1750-1775 (circa)
Diameter: 24.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
The style of the plate is characteristic of the late eighteenth century and the painted motifs can be compared with the spare underglaze-blue decoration found in Arras(1) and Tournay(2) porcelains, as well as with Caughley porcelains produced contemporaneously in Shropshire, England.(3) A rather similar motif was used at the Locré factory, La Courtille, Paris.(4)
For other similarly decorated Chantilly domestic wares, see Fregnac(5) and d'Albis et al.(6)
The significance of the marks is unknown. Either of two workmen listed by Chavagnac,(7) Lay and Jean Ledoux, both there in 1774, might perhaps have been responsible for the painting.
(1) See for example a plate in the Musée d'Arras, inv. prov. 371, Becquart, Geneviève, Blazy, Guy, Davy, Annick and Scottez-De Wambrechies, Annie, ‘La porcelaine française du XVIIIe siècle dans les musées du Nord-Pas-de-Calais’, Musée de l’hôtel Sandelin, Saint-Omer, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Arras, 1986-7, no. 6., see also A. Notter, ‘Porcelaine d'Arras, collection du Musée d'Arras’, exh. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Arras, February 1992, pp. 63-73.
(2) M. Jottrand, ‘Cent Ans de Porcelaines de Tournai, le legs André Belley’, exh. Musée royal de Mariemont, Belgium, March-August 1984, no. 89, D. 25.8 cm.
(3) B. Watney, ‘English Blue and White Porcelain of the 18th Century’, London, 1979 (repr. 2nd ed.), pl. 89B, wine-cooler, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. For the influence of Chantilly on Caughley, see pp. 118-19.
(4) Bloit, Michel, ‘Trois siècles de Porcelaine de Paris’, Paris, 1988, p. 22, ‘compotier carre’, erroneously called a 'cake tray'.
(5) Frégnac, Claude (ed.), ‘Les porcelainiers du XVIIIe siècle français’, Paris, 1964, p. 114.
(6) D’Albis et al., ‘Sèvres, Musée national de Céramique, nouvelles acquisitions (1979-1989)’, Paris, 1989, pp. 108-9.
(7) Chavagnac, comte Xavier de and Grollier, marquis de, ‘Histoire des manufactures françaises de porcelaine’, Paris, 1906, p. 73. The list of artists and workmen employed at Chantilly was compiled from the archives of the chateau de Chantilly, parish registers and archives of the Sèvres factory.
1) Denmark, National Museum, illus. K. Ortengren, ‘Klassiska porslinsdekorer’, Åarhus, 1973, no. 9.
2) USA, New York, Christie's, 30 January 1988, Lot 143.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Presented by W.W. Winkworth, Esq., MC, Assistant in the Department of Ceramics and Ethnography, 1922-6, British Museum, 1924.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number