Label

As president, George Washington desired tablewares that would strike a stylistic balance between appearing too regal and not being sufficiently dignified enough to impress foreign dignitaries. In March 1790, he purchased a 309-piece service from the departing French minister, the Comte de Moustier. Moustier had acquired most of these porcelains from the royal manufactory at Sèvres in 1778, then added pieces from the Angoulême and Nast factories over the next decade. All are minimally decorated with gilded rims. Such understated elegance matched Washington's preference for neat and plain, while offering his guests fashionable French porcelain with a possible subtle reference to ancient white marble statuary and republican ideals.

Description

Circular molded plate with a scalloped, gilded rim and shallow foot ring. Rim features six large scallops separated by two smaller ones.

One of a group of four soup plates, W-2011/A-D.

Date

1780-1788


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (hard-paste), gilt


Dimensions

Overall (Diameter of rim): 1 3/4 in. x 9 15/16 in. x 9 15/16 in. (4.45 cm x 25.24 cm x 25.24 cm)
Overall (Diameter of foot): 5 5/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (14.29 cm x 14.29 cm)


Credit Line

Purchase, 1956


Marks

Overglaze factory mark stamped or stenciled on underside (in red): "MANUFRE/ de M.GR le Duc/ d'angoulem[e]/ a Paris".


Object Number

W-2011/D


Colors (Beta)


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