Offered by Dragesco-Cramoisan
Fine French porcelain and European glass
Rare Sèvres soft-paste porcelain covered sugar bowl and its tray. The yellow ground with five bird reserves painted after plates from the ‘Histoire naturelle des Oiseaux’ by Georges-Louis LECLERC, comte de BUFFON. The borders decorated with friezes in black, in the Etruscan style.
The names of the birds are inscribed on the back of each piece.
Under the cover : ‘Bruant, du Cap de Bonne Espérance’ and ‘Ortolan, de la Caroline’
Under the sugar bowl : ‘La Gorge bleue’ and ‘La Gorge-rouge’
Under the tray : ‘Merle à ve[n]tre orangé, du Senegal’
Factory mark in blue (Interlaced Ls) enclosing the date-letters ‘OO’ for 1791. Mark of the famous bird painter Étienne EVANS (active from 1752 to 1807). Mark in black of the frieze painter Marie-Gabrielle-Sophie BINET, née CHANOU (active from 1779 to 1798)
Length of tray : 27.3 cm (10 3/4 inches)
Length of the sugar bowl with cover : 18 cm (7 1/8 inches)
Height of the sugar bowl with cover : 11.5 cm (5 1/2 inches)
From May 1791 until early 1795, the Sèvres factory produced a fairly large number of pieces in both soft- and hard-paste porcelain, decorated with yellow ground and bird decoration after Buffon. They were sold as five services of very different sizes and compositions, delivered in 1792, 1794 and 1795. Only three services included sugar bowls (two each). So just six sugar bowls of our model were produced in all.
The shape of our sugar bowl is very rare. It is a simplified version of the model created in 1778 especially for the service of Catherine II of Russia (see photo).
Delevery information :
The objects are on display at our gallery located rue de Beaune in central Paris, where they can be examined and picked up by appointment.
No packing or shipment cost is included in the selling price.
We will happily obtain on behalf of our clients a quote for packing and door to door shipment and can recommend MAIL BOXES ETC. whom we regularly use ourselves. For International shipments, we also use FedEx.
Clients remain responsible for the choice of packers, shippers and insurers, who should be paid directly.