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Drawing - Designs for Porcelaine

Designs for Porcelaine

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    circa 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dagoty porcelain factory (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and wash

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case 92, shelf C, box 12

Pierre Louis Dagoty's porcelain was characterised by the use of vivid colours and the thick application of burnished gold leaf. He borrowed from the repertoire of Neoclassical ornament but his designs also included Egyptian and Chinoiseries motifs.

Dagoty's elegant ceramics won him the patronage of Empress Joséphine. At the height of production, in 1807, he employed over a hundred workers, and exported his wares to Russia. After the fall of the First French Empire in 1814, manufacture continued under the Duchesse d'Angoulême, the only surviving child of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

Between 1816 and 1820, Dagoty worked in partnership with François Maurice Honoré. In 1817. Dagoty and Honoré received a commission from President James Monroe of the United States for a dinner service and matching dessert service.

Physical description

Design in wash on paper, pasted in volume

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


circa 1800 (made)


Dagoty porcelain factory (made)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and wash


Height: 36 cm volume approx, Width: 36 cm volume approx, Depth: 3 cm volume approx

Descriptive line

Page from a volume of designs for porcelain

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, Dagoty à Paris. La manufacture de porcelaine de l'Impératrice (Paris, 2006).






Designs; Ceramics


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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