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Plate (from the "Vues Diverses" service)

Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Nicolas-Antoine Le Bel (active 1804–45)
After a print by Claude Nicolas Malapeau (French, Paris 1755–1803 Paris) (?)
After an original by Louis François Cassas (French, Azay-le-Ferron 1756–1827 Versailles)
French, Sèvres
Hard-paste porcelain
Diameter: 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund; Bequests of Annie C. Kane and Emma A. Sheafer, by exchange; and Gifts in memory of John Goldsmith Phillips, 1994
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
The painted scene illustrates a combat near the ruined tombs of Baalbek in the mountains of Syria. The scene was adapted by Le Bel from a drawing by the peripatetic Louis-Francois Cassas (1756–1827), whose travels took him from northern Europe to Istria, Constantinople, Asia Minor, and Egypt. Cassas spent nearly a month in Baalbek in 1785, and his views were etched and engraved for his "Voyage Pittoresque de la Syrie," published in 1799. Our plate comes from a set of "vues diverses "and is one of only two in the series to depict a scene outside France. The service was begun during the Napoleonic period but was completed in 1816, when it was delivered to Louis XVIII.
Signature: Written in black at bottom of scene, in script: LB.

Inscription: Written in purple on bottom: Tombeaux prés de Balbeck, / en Syrie.; written in green on bottom: 10-011.12

Marking: Printed in red on bottom: [1] Manufacture [Impériale] Sèvres in a circle [enclosing crowned eagle] (Sèvres factory mark 1813–15); printed in blue on bottom: [2] Crossed Ls enclosing fleur-de-lis [and year numerals, effaced] (Sèvres factory mark 1814–24); painted in gold on bottom: [3] MC12...zz; [4] g.12o; [5] 30 N-W; [6] TZ; incised on bottom: [7] OZ underlines (code for 1811); [8] script T (probably for Joseph Thion père, tourneur, 1754–1814; working 1771–76, 1783–1814)
Louis XVIII, King of France (after 1816) ; [ Michel Meyer , Paris, until 1994; sold to MMA ]
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