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Plate

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Figural decoration by Hileken (active 1767–74)
Decorator:
Gilded by Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux (French, active 1752–88)
Date:
1773
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Diameter: 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.23
Not on view
This plate comes from a service presented to Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Naples. The initials CL are painted in the center of the plate because Maria Carolina, an older sister of Marie-Antoinette, was known as Charlotte Louise in France.
Inscription: In center: monogram CL (Caroline Louise)

Marking: Painted on underside: [1] Crossed Ls enclosing U (Sèvres factory mark and date letter for 1773)

Painted in puce enamel on underside: [2] Scrolling W in puce (decorator's mark for Hiliken)

Painted in gold on underside: [3] Musical sharp sign (gilder's mark for Chauvaux)

Incised on underside: [4] Addorsed Cs
[ sale, Sotheby's, London , March 29–30, 1971, lot 176; probably included in this lot ] ; Robert Williams ; and Winifred Williams , London (until 1972; to MMA)
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