In 1782, Louis XVI commissioned from the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory the last of three royal services, for use at the Château de Versailles. By the time of the French Revolution, more than 100 pieces had been completed. The service was in the fashionable Neoclassical taste, complete with arabesque decoration based on details from frescoes in the Vatican by Raphael. Because of the innovative nature of the service, with unusual new shapes and unique painting to each piece, production at Sèvres moved slowly. Although the service was never completed amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution, in 1795 the existing pieces, which included 51 plates, were given to the Prussian foreign minister. This plate is one of only five from the original 51 known to have survived.


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Artist
Decorated by Jacques Fontaine, French, 1734–c. 1807
Manufacturer
Manufactured by the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, French, established 1756
Title
Plate
from the Service Arabesque
Assiette Octogone
from: the Service Arabesque
Date
1784
Medium
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions
15/16 × 9 3/8 × 9 3/8 in. (2.4 × 23.8 × 23.8 cm)
Credit Line

The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase funded by Carol C. Ballard, Rose and Harry H. Cullen, Isla and Tommy Reckling, Jas A. Gundry, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hudson, Jr., Mrs. Thomas W. Blake, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. Margolis, Mr. and Mrs. David Beveridge, Harriett S. Goodman, Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff, and Maria Burke Butler, with additional funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III, by exchange

Current Location
Rienzi
DRAWING ROOM
Accession Number
2008.349
Classification
Ceramics
Provenance

Hector Binney Collection; [Sotheby's London, December 5, 1989, lot 136], purchased by MFAH, 2008.