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Sugar Bowl and Cover (pot à sucre Hébert); soft-paste porcelain; thrown; of undulating form; domed cover with flower knop; decorated with a pink ground and in greens, browns, yellow, blue, red, grey and pale mauve with scene of a figure on a bridge in wooded landscape and a man near a house in a landscape on the bowl; on the cover, a man emerging from a house and with another scene of a man fishing, each in a wooded landscape; scenes enclosed by tooled gilt scrolls and flowers, outlined in dark red; the finial is painted pink to imitate a carnation, with the leaves green; gilt dentil rims, foot and leaves around finial gilt; maker's mark.
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Height: 8.50 centimetres (with cover)
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- Dawson 1994
For a discussion of the shape, see reg no. 1948,1203.22 and Savill, Rosalind, ‘The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, London’, London, 1988, II, pp. 575-6. This example is of the third, or smallest, size and matches reg. nos 1948,1203.42 and 1948,1203.44 forming part of a ‘déjeuner Hébert’ complete with tray.
Eriksen has suggested that the incised mark ‘T’ may have been used by the thrower Pierre-Edmond Tristant ‘l’aîné’, employed at Sèvres between 1758 and 1787/89.(1) The mark is recorded on a green-ground sugar bowl of the second size dated 1758,(2) on a ‘rose marbré’ example of the third size dated 1761(3) and on another of the third size with a bleu nouveau ground dated 1763.(4) For a further discussion of this mark, see Savill.(5)
The identity of the painter is unknown. Scenes like this are found on pieces marked with the caduceus(6) and also on several bearing the painted mark ‘y’. These are done in a very similar palette except that buildings and landscapes in the background are painted in pale blue.(7)
(1) Eriksen, Svend, ‘Sèvres Porcelain, the James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor’, Fribourg, 1968, p. 337.
(2) Savill, 1988, II, p. 593.
(3) Op. cit., p. 594.
(4) Eriksen, 1968, no. 58, pp. 166-9.
(5) Savill, 1988, III, pp. 1108-9.
(6) See reg. no. 1948,1203.39.
(7) Sotheby's, 2 October 1989, Lots 219, 220, ‘gobelet Bouillard et soucoupe, bleu lapis ground’, 1755; ‘pot è sucre Calabre’, same decoration; also Lot 218, a teapot with similar painted decoration, the painter's mark indecipherable.
1) The matching tray (‘plateau Hébert’) measuring 28.8 cm in length and 23.3 cm in width was sold at Christie's, 2 October 1989, Lot 214 (see fig. 99a)
2) See reg. nos. 1948,1203.42 and 1948,1203.44 for matching pieces.
Exhibited: London, South Kensington Museum, 1862, ‘Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Works of Art of the Medieval, Renaissance and More Recent Periods on loan at the South Kensington Museum’, June 1862, ed. J.C. Robinson, revised edition, London, 1863, no. 1292.
' "Cabaret" of rose Dubarry, with painted medallions of landscapes, richly gilt borders shaded with pink. Date, 1760 (lent by) Lord Willoughby de Eresby'
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- The gilding around the foot is rubbed; part of the rim has been overpainted and regilded, probably concealing a small chip.
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- Peter Robert, 21st Baron Willoughby de Eresby (d.1865). Charles Robert, 3rd Baron Carrington (later first and last Marquess of Linclonshire, 1843-1928), recorded 17 March 1864 at 8, Whitehall, London, 'List and Valuation of the Valuable Sèvres Chelsea and Dresden China in the Mansion of the Right Hon. Lord Carrington', Case 22, p.7, when the déjeuner of two coffee-cans and saucers, one cream jug, one sucrier and cover and a shaped plateau was valued at £200. Marquess of Lincolnshire, KG, GCMG, deceased, sold at Christie's 14
December 1934, Lot 149 (sucrier and cover, cream-jug and cup and saucer), £300. Bequeathed to the BM by Sir B Eckstein, Bt, 1948.(Dawson 1994)
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