Sèvres lotus-moulded dish, compotier rond, flower sprays, dated 1764
Superb Sèvres lotus-moulded serving dish, compotier rond gauffré, the whole with petal moulding and central stamens, painted with scattered flower sprays within a blue & gilt rim.
Incised ‘Cu’ modellers mark,
blue crossed ‘L’s’ enclosing ‘L’ for 1764.
Condition: Good condition, some kiln specks; signs of usage to glaze with a faint wear to some flowers , the gold line rim with small area of wear concentrated to one section aprox. 10cm. Displays well.
This shape is a compotier rond, and was a component of the large services, used alongside other shaped serving dishes in the centre of the table. A setting for a dozen might have two compotier rond, while the larger services, such as the massive Service Camaïeu Carmen de Fontainebleau (used by the Royal Family) had several dozen of this elegant design available.
The elegant shape is borrowed from Chinese Export origins, where lotus moulded dishes were a common sight in the early 18th century.
The pattern was a popular one with Sèvres customers, and allows the beauty of the moulded porcelain to show in a way more decorated patterns cannot.