Square Openwork Tea Service (déjeuner carré à jour)

Dublin Core

Title

Square Openwork Tea Service (déjeuner carré à jour)

Subject

LCSH: Porcelain, French—18th century—Pictorial works | Porcelain, French—Private collections | Porcelain, French—Sèvres—18th century—Slide collections | Sèvres 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 | Architecture in art | Thévenet, Louis-Jean—Pictorial works

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

Description

35mm color slide of a tea (or coffee) service consisting of a square tray and matching cup (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). The cup’s rim is gilded with a dentil pattern. Both tray and cup are decorated with small blue-and-white vignettes, featuring fragments of architectural scenes and trees, inside heart-shaped frames of gilt, stylized foliage. The center of the tray has a shaped white reserve, painted with multi-colored festoons of flowers. The tray has a distinctive openwork structure; it is known as a plateau carré à jour (square openwork tray), a type of tray first produced in 1757 and characterized by a deep rim pierced with Vitruvian scrolls and bellflowers (Savill 1988, 2:491, 2:585; Sassoon 1991, 36). Eriksen and De Bellaigue regard this use of scrolls as “one of the first unmistakable signs of the incipient classical revival at Sèvres” (1987, 306 no. 118). Both tray and cup have a painter’s mark for Louis-Jean Thévenet, also known as Thévenet père (the elder; b. 1707–d. after 1778; active 1741–1777), who was one of the “most skilled flower-painters” of his era (Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 96; dates from Savill 1988, 3:1071). The number 27 is handwritten on the slide.

See the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit for more details on this tray, Vitruvian scrolls, Thévenet, and porcelain painters’ marks.

Creator

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

Publisher

Seattle Art Museum Libraries

Date

1761 (date of object)
20th century (date of slide)

Contributor

Painter, Kirsten Blythe

Rights

These materials may be protected under copyright law and may only be used for educational, teaching, and learning purposes. If intended use is beyond these purposes, it is the sole responsibility of the user to obtain the appropriate copyright permissions.

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); Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Square Openwork Tea Service (déjeuner carré à jour),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed October 1, 2022, https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/show/2934.