Duplessis Tray (plateau Duplessis)


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Duplessis Tray (plateau Duplessis)


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 | Painted trays—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Landscapes on porcelain—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Plants in art | Trees in art | Birds in art

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | trays | porcelain painting (image-making) | gilding-technique | landscapes (representations) | floral patterns | plant-derived motifs | trees | Aves (class)


35mm color slide of a tray (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). This undulating trapezoidal object was previously identified as a plateau Duvaux (Duvaux Tray), but Linda Roth, Clare Le Corbeiller, and Rosalind Savill identify it as a plateau Duplessis (Duplessis Tray), named after Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, a goldsmith and the artistic director at Vincennes and Sèvres (active ca. 1745/48–1774) (Savill 1988, 3:977–79; Roth and Le Corbeiller 2000, 198–99). The curving, branch-like handles of the tray are white with gilded trim. In the center is a colored reserve with a painting of three birds amongst trees. The wavy gilded decoration on the dark blue ground is known as “vermiculated gilding” or simply vermiculé (wormhole gilding). The number 44 is handwritten on the slide.

Find more details on this décor in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit.


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


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


ca. 1765 (date of object)
October 1977 (date of slide)


Painter, Kirsten Blythe


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English | French


still image

Spatial Coverage


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.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Duplessis Tray (plateau Duplessis),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed June 23, 2024, https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/show/2959.