Sevres lotus-moulded dish, compotier rond, flower sprays by Lécot, 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 ‘yp’ modellers mark, painter’s mark ‘L’ for Louis-Françoise Lécot, blue crossed ‘L’s’ enclosing ‘L’ for 1764.   21.5cm


Condition: Excellent condition, a small original firing rift at one lobe where the petals overlap, filled with glaze; some kiln specks; signs of usage to glaze with a faint wear to one flower’s leaves only, the flowers superb, the gold line with very little wear evident.  

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.
ref: Dauterman ‘Sèvres Porcelain makers & marks’  p245 for the workman’s mark, on a saucer in the Clark collection, 1765, workman unidentified.



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