Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tea tray (Plateau)

Maker:
The Muses Master
Artist:
After a print by François Bernard l'Épicier (French, Paris 1698–1755 Paris)
Artist:
Based on a painting by Jean Marc Nattier (French, Paris 1685–1766 Paris)
Factory director:
Pierre Chapelle II (1684–1760)
Date:
ca. 1750–60
Culture:
French, Rouen
Medium:
Faience (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
25 x 19 1/8 in. (63.5 x 48.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1835
Not on view
The composition at the center of the tray shows Venus spanking her son, Cupid, with a spray of roses, illustrating the inscription below: Nul amour sans peine, nul rose sans epine (No love without grief, no rose without a thorn). Venus and Adonis and Venus and Cupid are depicted in vignettes enclosed by the elaborate Rococo frame.

Faience tea trays were immune to the heat of the spirit lamp and to spills of hot water and milk. Relatively few ceramic tea trays have survived. They were often set into the recessed top of plain occasional tables.
Inscription: In rocaille at bottom of composition: Nul amour sans peine / Nul rose sans épine [trans.: No love without grief, no rose without a thorn.]
Gaston Le Breton (before 1910) ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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