Presenting an rare late 18th century soft paste Sevres Botanical plate from the Talleyrand service. The plate was produced with the date marks adopted from the République Francaise period (1792 – 1800). It is hand decorated with a wide cobalt border in the "bleu de fleur" with named botanical vignettes as well as a large yellow Narcissus painted in the center.
After the French revolution, the Sevres factory was virtually bankrupt and forced to survive by greatly reducing its work force, driving it to become a property of the French government. The government appointed a brilliant new administrator, Alexander Brongniart, a scientist skilled in chemistry, botany, zoology, and geology, a true Renaissance man. Under his capable leadership, Sevres once again flourished and began to recover their position as producers of some of the highest quality porcelain in the world. Brongniart expanded Sevres customers to include not only the aristocracy as before, but the wealthy in general, allowing for a much larger diversified clientele base.
Pieces from this period are very rare, as the mark was used for a short time only during an important transition period in Sevres' history. The plate is in almost mint condition with minor loss to the gilding and enamel; a true treasure for the serious collector of French Sevres porcelain.
Size: 9 3/8" Diameter.
Item ID: JW130118
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