A PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE SALMON-PINK-GROUND RECTANGULAR PLAQUE, 'THE LIGHTHOUSE' CIRCA 1873
perhaps Sèvres porcelain decorated by Marc Louis Solon, signed L Solon, incised, decorated in white slip with a maiden holding a torch aloft, on a treetop being climbed by cupids, mounted in a gilt-wood frame.
Plaque 11½ x 4⅝ in.; Overall 14⅜ x 7¾ in.
29.2 x 11.8 cm; 36.5 x 19.6 cm
Overall good condition and appearance. Gilt wood frame with very minor losses.
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Nyman Antiques, May 1982
Bumpus, 1992, p. 111-13, fig. 71
The present plaque and a design drawing are illustrated by Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration, 1849-1992, London, 1992, p. 111-12, where the author notes that it appears in Solon's records for 1873 as 'I Plaque rouge Phare', and it is listed in the Minton estimate book as 'NP 58'. Bumpus suggests the present plaque may been a home-decorated plaque by Solon on Sèvres porcelain, which he had brought with him from France, and that it was purchased from Solon by the Minton factory to fulfill the demand for such plaques.