Sunday, January 26, 2020

Museum Sunday: A Sèvres plate from a service commissioned by Marie Antoinette

Museum Sunday: a day for highlighting objects, books, and other items from the collections and lives of Marie Antoinette and her contemporaries.

A Sèvres porcelain plate from a 'riche en couleurs et riche en or' service commissioned by Marie Antoinette in 1784. In February of 1784, the director of the Sèvres factory wrote that: "The Queen ... ordered a full service with the dishes. Her Majesty is in a hurry, there are 22 workers working."

During a visit from Gustav III of Sweden, Louis XVI gifted the service to the Swedish king as a diplomatic gift; Sèvres then quickly produced a second service, which was delivered to Marie Antoinette on August 26th, 1784. Pieces from this service are kept in museums and private collections around the world.

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