Breakfast Tray in the King's Style (plateau du déjeuner du roi) and Four Bouillard Cups (gobelets Bouillard)

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Title

Breakfast Tray in the King's Style (plateau du déjeuner du roi) and Four Bouillard Cups (gobelets Bouillard)

Subject

LCSH: Porcelain, French—18th century—Pictorial works | Porcelain, French—Private collections | Porcelain, French—Vincennes—18th century—Slide collections | Vincennes porcelain—18th century—Pictorial works | Slides (Photography)—Private collections | Fritzsche, Ulrich—Art collections—Pictorial works | Ceramic tableware—France—18th century | Drinking cups—France—18th century | Tea trays—France—18th century | Painted trays—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Landscapes on porcelain—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Flowers in art | Plants in art | Trees in art | Fruit in art | Birds in art | Fishing in art | Children in art | Vielliard, André-Vincent —Pictorial works

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | tea trays | cups (drinking vessels) | porcelain painting (image-making) | gilding-technique | landscapes (representations) | flower (motif) | floral patterns | trees | plant-derived motifs | fruit (plant components) | Aves (class) | fishing | children

Description

35mm color slide of a breakfast tray with four Bouillard cups (Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory). The bases and rims are gilded, and each object has a white ground painted with blue monochrome designs (camaïeu bleu). Rosalind Savill confirms that these are Bouillard cups, not Bouret cups, although she notes the difficulty in distinguishing the two shapes from each other. Savill also notes details of this particular object in the Fritzsche Collection: “Seattle private collection, length 25 cm., with four cups Bouillard of the third size without saucers” (2:596, note 3k). She describes the décor on these objects as “white ground with children in blue monochrome and flesh colors” (enfants camayeux chaires colorées) (Savill 1988, 2:527, 532n11, 592, 596 note 3k, 596n16). Each cup depicts a single child occupied with activities such as fishing or playing with birds. The tray depicts two children together against a landscape. This type of breakfast tray, termed a plateau du déjeuner du roi (breakfast tray in the King’s style), was being produced by 1753. It usually served as a tray for tea services or jam pots (Savill 1988, 2:590–92; Dawson 1994, 137, 164; Roth and Le Corbeiller 2000, 167). All five pieces have a painter’s mark for André-Vincent Vielliard (1717–90; active 1752–90; known as Vielliard père or Vielliard aîné [the elder], sometimes spelled Vieillard), who was one of the most prolific and well-known painters at Vincennes and Sèvres (Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 97; Savill 3:1074). The number 9 is handwritten on the slide but it is overlaid on top of an earlier notation of the number 8.

Find more details on Vielliard and painters’ marks in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit.

Creator

Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object)

Publisher

Seattle Art Museum Libraries

Date

1753 (date of object)
20th century (date of slide)

Contributor

Painter, Kirsten Blythe

Rights

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Format

application/jpg

Language

English | French

Type

still image

Spatial Coverage

France

Temporal Coverage

eighteenth century (dates CE)

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

slide, scanned using an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner at 3200 dpi.

Citation

Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Breakfast Tray in the King's Style (plateau du déjeuner du roi) and Four Bouillard Cups (gobelets Bouillard),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed October 1, 2022, https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/show/2908.