Teapot (théière Asselin), part of Breakfast Service (déjeuner), Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present), Hard-paste porcelain, French, Sèvres

Teapot (théière Asselin), part of Breakfast Service (déjeuner)

Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Figural decoration by Étienne Charles Le Guay (French, 1762–1846)
Ornamental decoration by Jacques-Nicolas Sisson (or Sinsson) (active 1795–1845)
French, Sèvres
Hard-paste porcelain
Height (with handle): 8 1/16 in. (20.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. D. N. Heineman, 1956
Accession Number:
56.29.2a, b
Not on view
This breakfast service (56.29.1–.8) was presented by Napoleon I to Princess Auguste-Amélie, wife of his stepson Eugène Beauharnais, on New Year's Day of 1814. The overall theme of the decoration was described in the factory records as the "loves of amors and nymphs," and the title given to the scene on the tray was "Accused Nymphs Appearing before the Tribunal of Love."
Signature: On medallion to right of spout, lower left: LeGuay.

Inscription: Fragment of customs sticker on underside of teapot

Marking: Stamped on underside of foot in red enamel: [1] Crowned eagle with "Manufacture / Imperiale / SEVRES" printed around mark (Sévres factory mark 1810–14, almost entirely effaced); painted in gold below Sèvres factory mark: [2] q z (year code); painted in gold: [3] M, II Mars; painted in brown: [4] 1226; incised: Bo cz; under accession number [5] 7; painted insice teapot cover in brown: [6] 1226
Private Collection, Brussels ; [ Galerie George Giroux, Brussels ; sold to Heineman] ; Rudolf Heinemann-Fleischmann (until 1956) ; Mr. and Mrs. D. N. Heineman (until 1956; to MMA)