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Lac de Lugano (from the Service des vues Suisses)

Maker:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
1811
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Diameter: 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts and The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.189
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
All of the plates in this service were decorated with views of Switzerland; this example illustrates the lake of Lugano. The service is notable for the use of transfer printing to establish the outlines of the landscape scenes, which were then painted with polychrome enamels. Transfer printing was seldom used at Sèvres, and it appears that this service was the first in which it was employed for the primary decoration rather than just for more minor decorative motifs.
Marking: Stamped in red enamel on underside: M. Imp. le de Sevres/1811.; Stamped in black enamel on underside: IIme Vue Prise Sur Le Lac De Lugano.; Painted in red enamel on underside: two small red x's; Incised on underside: cc
Prince Eugène de Beauharnais, Herzog von Leuchtenberg (purchased from the factory, December 30, 1811) ; [ sale, Galerie Jürg Stuker, Bern , November 17–18, 1992, one of a group of 12 plates (nos. 3242- 3253) ]; Private Collection, England ; [ Michele Beiny Harkins , New York, until 2006; sold to MMA ]
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