Themire Crowned by Graces

Various artists/makers

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553

Beginning in the 1760s, the Sèvres factory produced plaques intended to be hung on walls in the manner of oil paintings. Unlike most surviving Sèvres plaques, this example retains its original gilt wood frame. The fine carving and gilding of the frame reflects the value attributed to these plaques; in 1779 Louis XVI ordered nine depicting hunt scenes to decorate his private dining room at Versailles.

Themire Crowned by Graces, Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present), Soft-paste porcelain, in original gilt wood frame, French, Sèvres

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