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Assiette Unie

Made by the Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, France, 1756 - present. Painted by Cyprien-Julien Hirel de Choisy, French, active 1770 - 1812.

Made in Sèvres, France, Europe


Soft-paste porcelain with enamel and gilt decoration

Diameter: 9 3/8 inches (23.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 269, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Boyer Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Letitia Roberts, 2002

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In January of 1784, Marie-Antoinette, queen of France, ordered a dinner service for use in her newly redecorated apartments at the Tuileries palace in Paris. The service, numbering two hundred and fifteen pieces, was completed in May 1784. However, before it could be delivered, King Louis XVI presented the service as a diplomatic gift to Gustave III, the ruler of Sweden, on the occasion of his visit to Paris. Marie-Antoinette, determined to have a service without further delay, ordered the Sèvres factory to continue production of the pattern, and in August of the same year she received two hundred and thirty-nine pieces. Many of the same painters worked on both sets of porcelain, and it is therefore difficult to determine the service from which this plate comes.

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