FOUR SÈVRES DARK-BLUE-GROUND PLATES, 1806-08
painted in shades of brown highlighted in gilding with classical figures, on a marbled ground, the dark-blue ground borders with bands of linked acanthus leaves and palmettes within gilt bands, traces of stencilled marks, incised marks
23.1cm., 9⅛in. diameter
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The examle with a figure standing by an uirn is generally in good order.
The example with a female classical figure holding a triangle is generally in good order.
The plate with a female figure waring her hands of a brazier has a section to the rim between 1 and 2 o'clock broken in two places and repaired with an associated crack and a restored rim chip to 3 o'clock.
The final plate with an embracing couple has a restored sectio to the rim between 11 and 1 o'clock.
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The history of this service, describes as "de dessert fond beau bleu figures en brun rehaussée en or sur fond caillouté" is discussed inee Dawson, A., French Porcelain in the British Museum, London, 1994, pp. 215-217, no. 179, and Leprice, C., et al., Napoleon Ier & La Manufacture de Sèvres, L'Art de la Porcelaine au Service de l'Empire, Paris, 2016, no. 114.