Louis-Jean Thévenet

Mark for Square Openwork Tea Service (<em>déjeuner carré à jour</em>, slide 27)

Louis-Jean Thévenet, Mark for Square Openwork Tea Service, slide 27_Mark, 1761

Louis-Jean Thévenet, also known as Thévenet père ("father" or "the elder"; b. 1707–d. after 1778; active 1741– or 1745–77), was known as a painter of flowers, birds, and friezes. His mark is identified as a thin line with a dot on the end, which is visible in Slide 27_Mark.

Teapot in the Queen's Style (<em>théière à la Reine</em>)

Teapot in the Queen’s Style (théière à la Reine), ca. 1753, slide 13. Read more about this teapot style here.


Thévenet was associated with a particular ground color, known as bleu lapis (lapis-lazuli blue), as seen vividly on the “Teapot in the Queen’s Style” (théière à la Reine, ca. 1753, slide 13). Read more about bleu lapis here.

Cup and Socketed Saucer (<em>gobelet et soucoupe enfoncé</em><em></em>)

Cup and Socketed Saucer (gobelet et soucoupe enfoncé), 1772, slide 46. Read more about this teacup form here.


Before coming to work at Vincennes in the 1740s, Thévenet was a fan painter. Porcelain painting was a family affair for Thévenet: his wife, son, and sons-in-law worked as painters, and his wife also painted flowers.

Square Openwork Tea Service (<em>déjeuner carré à jour</em>)

Square Openwork Tea Service (déjeuner carré à jour), 1761, slide 27

A particularly striking example of Thévenet’s work is the “Square Openwork Tea Service” (déjeuner carré à jour, 1761, slide 27), whose tray is pierced with Vitruvian scrolls and bellflowers. Find more details on this tray on this page of the exhibit.

Tray (<em>plat long uni</em>)

Tray (plat long uni), 1760, slide 26


Eriksen notes that Thévenet, along with Jean-Baptiste Tandart and others, was a member of the select group of “skilled flower-painters” of the era who were “chosen to decorate the great service delivered to Louis XV” in the 1750s (Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 96).

References: Savill 1988, 3:1071–72; Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 96, 154 no. 178, 172n178, 177; Tardy 1981, 567, 614.