A Soft-Paste Sèvres Porcelain Tea Service, 1758

All pieces except the tray with interlaced Ls, date-letter E for 1758, painter’s mark a heraldic label for André-Vincent Vielliard, known as Vielliard père (active 1752-90).

This shape of tray was first produced in around 1753, and the more frequently-found version with pierced sides is known from 1757. Ours is a rare example of the largest size and with the early dark blue (bleu lapis) ground. Most square trays were intended to hold just one cup and saucer, forming the classic déjeuner carré, as described in the Wallace Collection catalogue. This un-commonly large square tray appears to be the only one known with more pieces, although they are all small examples of their shapes.

As is usual with Vielliard, the children are taken from engravings after paintings by François Boucher.

Milk Jug: Height 9cm Width 6cm Depth 8cm
Sugar bowl: Height 7cm Diameter 7cm
Cup and Saucer: Height 4cm Diameter 9.4cm
Plate: Height 2.5cm Width 18cm Depth 18cm


Private Collection, Saudi Arabia, 2024