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  • Place of origin:

    Sèvres (made)

  • Date:

    1777 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 2a, case WE

The most important French porcelain factory was founded in 1740 in the royal chateau of Vincennes. In 1756 it was transferred to Sèvres, the other side of Paris, and shortly after was bought by Louis XV. The support and protection of the king and his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, enabled it to secure the best artists, sculptors, designers and chemists. Sèvres porcelain soon became the most sought after in Europe.
The royal manufactory at Sèvres specialised in luxury porcelains, many of which were destined for the French court. Each year it displayed its newest models in the king's apartments at Versailles. The factory was very responsive to changes in fashion and introduced many innovations in design and decoration. Its products were admired throughout Europe and its style was widely imitated.
Painted porcelain plaques were introduced during the 1760s and were displayed on walls as works of art in their own right.

Physical description

Plaque of soft-paste porcelain painted with a harvest scene in enamel colours.

Place of Origin

Sèvres (made)


1777 (made)


Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels

Marks and inscriptions

Two 'L's intertwined and enclosing a 'Z'
Date letter for 1777, in blue enamel


Height: 24.1 cm approx., Width: 32.4 cm approx., Height: 33.7 cm frame, left, Height: 33.8 cm frame, right, Width: 41.4 cm frame, top, Width: 41.8 cm frame, bottom

Descriptive line

Plaque of soft-paste porcelain painted with a harvest scene in enamel colours, Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, 1777.


Soft paste porcelain



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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