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.


Circular molded plate with a scalloped rim and shallow foot ring. Rim features six large scallops separated by two smaller ones, and is decorated with a gilded dentate (dent-de-loup) border.

One of seven dinner plates, W-2130/A-G.

Alternate name for this from includes: service plate.




Porcelain (hard-paste), gilt


Overall (Diameter of rim): 1 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (3.18 cm x 24.77 cm x 24.77 cm)
Overall (Diameter of foot): 6 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (15.56 cm x 15.56 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1956


Overglaze mark painted on bottom (in blue): factory mark or cipher of intertwined Ls surmounted by a crown, four dots to the lower right. (Crown indicates hard paste porcelain; and the dots are the gilder's mark). Underglaze incised mark perpendicular to factory mark and hole in foot: "CC" (potter's mark).

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