A Vincennes plate, circa 1752

A Vincennes plate, circa 1752. Estimate 1,200 — 1,800 GBP. Photo Sotheby's.

assiette à groseilles à coquilles, of silver form crisply modelled in low relief with current branches separated by shell motifs and painted sprays, the centre with a spray of fruit and flowers, interlaced LL mark in blue containing one dot and one dot below, painter's mark X to side, incised M mark to inside of footrim, of the type usually attributed to the mouleur Pierre Moyer (active 1751-65), 25.5cm., 10in. diam.

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE TIM CLARKE 

NotesAn almost identical plate is in The C. L. David collection, Copenhagen, illustrated by Svend Eriksen and Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Sévres Porcelain, 1987, p. 262, no. 77. A third was with Winifred Williams in his selling exhibition, Eighteenth century French Porcelain, 3rd-20th July 1978, no. 34. It is conceivable that all three plates once belonged to the same suite. The form appears in the 1752 stock list and examples painted with birds are also known, see the exhibition cataloguePorcelain de Vincennes Les Origines de Sèvres, 1977, Tamara Préaud (ed.), pp. 28-29, nos. 19-20.

Sotheby's, Collections, Londres, 27 oct. 2015, 10:30 AM