SÈVRES Important porcelain cabaret named... - Lot 169 - Osenat

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SÈVRES Important porcelain cabaret named... - Lot 169 - Osenat

SÈVRES Important porcelain cabaret named Cabaret des femmes célèbres with polychrome decoration of portraits of women in bust in medallions surrounded by a gold frame with the name of the woman inscribed, the medallions stand out on a green chromium background decorated with garlands of flowers and fruits, ribbons, butterflies and swans in gold, the center of the saucers is decorated with an antique trophy in gold The women represented are Christine, Queen of Sweden, Anne of Austria, Mary Stuart, Catherine II of Russia, Blanche of Castille, Elizabeth of England, Marguerite de Valois, Mme de Grafigny, Marie Thérèse of Austria, Mme Dehoulières, Mme de la Vallière, Agnès Sorel, Mme du Châtelet, Jeanne Gray, Rosalba, Héloïse, Anne de La Vigne. It includes a covered teapot called Asselin teapot, a covered sugar pot called pot à sucre à pied anse volute covered, a milk pot called pot à lait grec, a bowl called jatte à fruits hémisphérique, nine cups and their saucers called cups Jasmin à pied cannelé. The portraits are signed : Mme Jaquotot and under the pieces : Victoire Jaquotot pinx. On the reverse side: mark of the imperial manufacture of Sevres: M. Imp.le de Sevres 10 or 1811. Empire period, years 1810-1811. Some restorations, a condition report is available on request


Given by Napoleon I to his sister Pauline Borghese for the December 1810 Christmas gift.

Rieunier & Bailly-Pommery, Hôtel Drouot, 30 June 2003

Christie's, Paris, 8 November 2013, lot 29.

In October 1806, Alexandre Brongniart, director of the Sèvres factory, defined the subjects of new cabarets, that of French Warriorsthe cabaret of the French writers, the one of the painters, sculptors and musicians or even the cabaret of women who are famous otherwise than for their beauty in order, he writes, to give "interest and value to these kinds of services and to prepare suitable presents".

The cabaret of famous women echoes the figures of the Great Men imagined by the Count of Angiviller from 1776. However, the aim is no longer to celebrate exclusively those who have made France great but the women of Europe, who have become illustrious through their talent, their commitment, their work or their power.

For the cabaret of famous women, Brongniart drew up a list of twenty women in 1806, sovereigns of Europe, women known for their political action, women of letters, painters and scientists. He entrusted the realization of the portraits of these women to Marie-Victoire Jaquotot (1772-1855), a painter on porcelain who made according to him very well the portraits of women.

From January 1807, the green background pieces are carried from Sèvres to 48 rue de Bondy in Paris at Madame Jaquotot's where she works from her workshop equipped with a muffle fire kiln.

The manufacture of Sèvres carried out three cabarets known as of the famous womeneach painted by Marie-Victoire Jaquotot.

The first cabaret of the famous women including twelve cups and four pieces of form is finished in December 1807 and delivered on December 31 to Caroline Murat. Its current location is unknown.

Our cabaret is the second cabaret of the famous women of the same composition as the first one, it is delivered in 1810 and 1811 to the princess Pauline Borghese.

The third cabaret is delivered in June 1812 to the Empress Josephine who gives it back to the factory. It is then delivered to the Empress Marie Louise, perhaps kept by her or offered by her to the Countess of Segur on January 1, 1813. This last cabaret was recently sold at public auction (Osenat, Fontainebleau, 22 March 2021, lot 145, sold for 262,500 euros, bought by the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)

The cabaret delivered in 1810 to the princess

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