There is one other image of this object. This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions), and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

See more objects with the color silver darkolivegreen darkslategrey grey darkolivegreen or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline

-0001

1936

  • We acquired this object.

2006

2014

2015

2020

  • You found it!

Plate depicting Sèvres Porcelain Factory Plate, 1822

This is a Plate. It was decorated by Mlle Delavale and manufactured by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated 1822 and we acquired it in 1936. Its medium is hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold leaf. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This plate shows a picturesque view of Sèvres, the prestigious French porcelain factory located near Paris. The surrounding countryside had plots of land where Sèvres workers could garden. The figure resting by a wheelbarrow may very well be one of them. The lush greenery surrounding the iconic building may represent the so-called “liberty trees” that were planted on the grounds, during the Revolution, in order to demonstrate the manufactory’s commitment to the republic, and to downplay its connection with the monarchy. Remarkably, the manufactory stayed open throughout the revolution, and even later thrived under the reign of Napoleon and the Bourbon restoration. The plate’s superb enamel painting displays minute details and a fine naturalism. The skilled artist responsible for it was a Mlle Delavale, who worked at the manufactory for two years, from 1821. Following convention, she copied printed sources; this view of the Sèvres manufactory is based on an engraving, after an 1817 drawing by Achille Etna Michallon.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Sèvres Self Portrait.

This object was donated by Georgiana L. McClellan and George B. McClellan. It is credited Gift of George B. and Georgiana L. McClellan.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 3.2 x 23.5 cm (1 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Plate depicting Sèvres Porcelain Factory Plate, 1822; Manufactured by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (France); France; hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold leaf; H x diam.: 3.2 x 23.5 cm (1 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.); Gift of George B. and Georgiana L. McClellan; 1936-13-32

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions). You can copy, modify, and distribute this work without contacting the Smithsonian. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18340339/ |title=Plate depicting Sèvres Porcelain Factory Plate, 1822 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=13 August 2020 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>