Diamond-Shaped Breakfast Service (déjeuner losange)

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Diamond-Shaped Breakfast Service (déjeuner losange)


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 | Solitaires (Tableware)—France—18th century | Coffeepots—France—18th century | Sugar bowls—France—18th century | Drinking cups—France—18th century | Painted trays—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Flowers in art | Méreaud, Charles-Louis—Pictorial works

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | breakfast services | coffee services | coffeepots | sugar bowls | trays | cups (drinking vessels) | porcelain painting (image-making) | gilding-technique | floral patterns | flower (motif)


35mm color slide of a breakfast service (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). The name losange refers to the “lozenge” or diamond shape of the tray. Its vibrant, multi-colored design was painted by Charles Louis Méreaud (ca. 1735–80; active 1756–80), a painter and gilder known for his flowers, garlands, ornaments, and friezes. Le Corbeiller notes that objects bearing his mark “are notable for the combined clarity and complexity of their decoration and their richness of palette” and “great vibrancy of drawing and color” (1986, 181). In this case, each object of the service is adorned with a frieze of rocaille shells and palm shapes, alternating with red flower medallions, and joined by slender floral swags, all implemented in richly colored blues, reds, pinks, and greens. A similar example of Méreaud’s style is the “Bouillard Cup and Saucer (gobelet Bouillard et soucoupe, slide 31). The number 36 is handwritten on the slide.

See the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit for more details on Méreaud.


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


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


1763 (date of object)
20th century (date of slide)


Painter, Kirsten Blythe


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English | French


still image

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Temporal Coverage

eighteenth century (dates CE)

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Original Format

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


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Diamond-Shaped Breakfast Service (déjeuner losange),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed October 1, 2022, https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/show/2949.