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PLATE FROM THE "SERVICE DES LILIACÉES"

Made by: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

Currently in storage


About this object

This plate is decorated with a bright pink flower identified in the border as "Velthimia glauque," or Western Cape Sand Lily. The end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century saw ongoing research into botanical specimans resulting in beautifully printed folios of exotic flowers. The well-known botanical illustrator Pierre Joseph Redouté's celebrated work, "Les Liliacées," 1802-16, is the source for the species depicted on this service, which was made by the Sèvres factory for King Louis XVIII. This is the only plate known to date to exist from the service, much of which was likely destroyed when the Tuileries Palace was looted during the July Revolution of 1830.

The plate is decorated in its center with a bright pink flower identified in the border as "Veltheimia Glauque" (Western Cape Sand Lily). The border ornamentation consists of groups of two liliaceous plants linked with a convolvulus in brown heightened with gold and set against a pale blue ground.

Category:
ceramics
Object name:
PLATE FROM THE "SERVICE DES LILIACÉES"
Made from:
Hard paste porcelain
Made in:
Sèvres, France
Date made:
1821
Size:
4.4 × 23.8 cm (1 3/4 × 9 3/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
24.246
Signature marks:
Marks Printed on back; crossed L's with a fleur de lis and 21 for Louis XVIII's reign
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2006
Featured in publication:
"Sèvres Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000","Hillwood: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977-2007"