Four Sèvres soft-paste porcelain plates, 18th century
- Diam. 24 cm ; diam. 9 1/2 in.
The plate dated 1763: delivered to Henri-Léonard Bertin, Contrôleur Général des Finances (1720-1792)
The plate dated 1776 comes from the green ground service, flower and fruit clusters, shipped on 30 April 1777 to Mr. de Vergennes , Secretary of Foreign Affairs and offered by King Louis XVI to Marie Antoinette's brother, Emperor Joseph II. Joseph II was in France at this time and traveled under the name of Count of Falkenstein. Fifty-three items from this service are still in the collections of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. The dessert service was accompanied by a tea set with the same pattern, vases, bisque porcelain groups and figurines for the table center for a total of 43,560 French pounds. The service consisted of 120 plates priced at 36 pounds each. The Emperor's service was precisely detailed by Dorothée Guillemée-Brulon (" Les Grands Services de Sèvres, Le service de Joseph II ", in L'Estampille, no. 158, June 1983, pp.32-42). The plate dated 1780 was part of a service of 48 plates described as green ground, groups, delivered during the first half of the year 1780 to the dealer François-Charles Bazin.
For a precise research of these services, see David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century, 2015, no. 63-3, no. 77-6 and no. 80-3.