Paris porcelain plate, painted in the Neoclassical taste, Nast C 1805


Paris porcelain plate, painted in the neoclassical taste with a central roundel containing a standing muse playing a lyre, an altar to one side & positioned on a green rectangular plinth, dramatically set on a black background within a broad line of gold, the rim within a wide gilt border of fruiting vine, edged in gold.

Incised ‘C’ mark,

Attributed to Nast,
C. 1805


Condition: very minor wear to gold

Part of a service of 6 plates, each with a different figure and a different elaborate gilt border, and each marked with an incised ‘C’.

ref. Dawson ‘French Porcelain in the British Museum’ p374 #276 for a piece with an incised ‘C’ very similar to this example. This is attributed to Nast, Paris. Similar techniques are used with the gold border, ie. the fine hatching of ground details, an engraver’s technique of creating depth. #277 is another Nast plate with similar similarities to the borders, but incised with a ‘P’.

A sample plaque of borders, illustrated in Régine de Plinval de Guillebon’s ‘Faïence et Porcelaine de Paris’ , p394-5, shows many very similar details & techniques to the border on this piece.

Finally, the 3 nodules beneath each plate in the service are the signs of stilts being used in the firing process – and identical to those found on marked Nast examples. An attribution to Nast is ‘probable’, the only reservation being that they sold their undecorated wares to decorating studios.




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