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.


Molded, circular, scalloped serving dish with six deep scallops, rounded sides, and shallow circular foot ring. Gilded, indented rim.






Porcelain (soft-paste), gilt


Overall: 1 15/16 in. x 9 7/16 in. (4.92 cm x 24.05 cm)
Overall (Diameter of foot): 6 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (15.56 cm x 15.56 cm)

Credit Line

Purchased by the Friends of the Collection, 2004


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

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Colors (Beta)

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