Dish from the "Arabesque" Service
Plateau de Sucrier
Made by Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, France, 1756 - present. Decoration designed by Louis Le Masson, French, 1743 - 1829. Decoration executed by Pierre-Antoine Méreaud, French, active 1754 - 1791.
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This dish is part of a service that was commissioned by King Louis XVI of France (ruled 1774 to 1792). Le Masson based the decoration on engravings made after early sixteenth-century frescoes in the Vatican Loggia, which were created under the direction of Raphael. Le Masson was given access to a set of the engravings of the frescoes that had been a gift to the king from Pope Pius VI.
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