Saturday, August 30, 2014

LACMA - 17th century French Porcelain Manufactory

Tea and coffee service in France and Europe began with popularity with the import of tea and coffee in the beginning of the 17th century.
They were widely served in a mobile style.
Venues were budoirs, salons, or even in the garden.
These mobile tea service were called dejeuners.
They were brought in and served upon a tray.

Teapot with cover, and Cup and Saucer and Tray
circa 1775

Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory
France 1740-1756
Soft Porcelain with glaze and gilding

The Sevres Porcelain Manufactory was founded in 1756.
This service comprises of a pair of cups and saucers, teapot, milk jug (not in photo), and a sugar bowl (see picture below.)

Component parts of tea service always varied according to the personal preferences of the owner.
These motives of pheasants and a Europeanized landscape of the Oriental motive was derived from the illustrations of Jean-Baptiste Oudry - 1686-1755.
He was a French artist of the Rococo period - painter, engraver and tapestry designer.

Sevres porcelain Manufactory
circa 1786
Porcelain with enamel, gilding and glaze.

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