French.Second Half Of The Nineteenth Century.


Height: 20 "(50.8 cm); Width: 16 1/8" (41 cm).
Sight Size: Height: 14 3/4" (37.5 cm); Width: 11" (28 cm).

Of watercolor and ink on paper. Each with the following captions:

Céramique Française / Nièvre / Assiette / Faïce Nevers Camaïeu
Céramique Française / Nord / Assiette / FaïenceDe St. Amand
Céramique Française / Seine / Assiette / Faïence De Sceaux
Céramique Française / Nièvre / Assiette / Nevers
Céramique Française / Bas-Rhin / Assiette / Faïence De Strasbourg
Céramique Française / Seine-Inférieure / Assiette / Faïence De Rouen
Céramique Française / Seine-Inférieure / Jatte / Faïence De Rouen
Céramique Hollandaise / Décor Polychrome / Assiette / Faïence de Delft
Céramique Hollandaise / Décor Bleu / Assiette / Faïence de Delft
Céramique Japonaise / Décor Polychrome / Assiette / Porcelne De Yeddo
Céramique Japonaise / Décor Bleu / Assiette / Porcelne De Yeddo
Céramique Chinoise / Famille Rose / Jatte / Porcelne de Canton

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This remarkable group of twelve watercolors constitutes an unusual, highly realistic and accurate study of ceramic dishes, depicting 18th century examples from France, Holland, Japan and China. Interestingly, rather than being directly painted, the plates are rendered on a separate sheet of paper in the shape of each dish and then applied to the background paper, giving an additional subtle layer of dimensionality. This effect is amplified by the clever use of light and shade both on the dishes and shadows they appear to cast.

The heading and captions of each watercolor details the plate’s country of origin, place of manufacture, and type of decoration. The French ceramics include plates from Nevers, St. Amand, Rouen, Strasboug and Sceaux. One of the dishes made at Nevers is an example of Faïences Patriotiques, revolutionary wares painted with patriotic emblems and mottos. The Phrygian cap, for example, adopted as a symbol of the Republic, appears on the one of the present plates above the word “Constitution.” Normally colored red, that pigment was destroyed at such high firing temperatures, and therefore the cap was rendered in blue or yellow. An example of this plate dated to 1791 is in the Musée Carnavalet (figure 1).

The Netherlandish plates are Delft and are painted in the style of Asian porcelain. One is executed in the Imari style and one in blue and white, and example of which can be found in the Rijksmuseum (figure 2).

The Japanese plates represent blue and white and Imari examples from in Edo (spelled here as Yeddo), and the Chinese plate is a famille rose sample from Canton.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.