Porcelain Pestum (oviform) 2eme grandeur teapot with low handle from service with « fond beau bleu frise d’or capraire » (fine blue ground with stylized flowering vine frieze) from Louis-Philippe Period
Marks for moulder and gilder (notably Moyez)
Height: 15 cm (6 in.)
For an identical teapot, please consult Christie’s, New York, October 28, 2003, lot 359.
Another from the Napoleon III period was auctioned at Drouot on April 15, 2005 (lot 92).
An identical and later (1845) teapot was exhibited at “La table à l’Elysée : réceptions officielles des présidents depuis la IIIe République” (Table Setting at Elysee: Official presidential receptions since the Third Republic), Saran, 2005, n°87.
For two cups (without their saucers), Louis-Philippe Period, the undoubted provenance is Tuileries, consult: Drouot, Coutau-Bégarie, auction « Souvenirs historiques, Famille Royales, Militaria », October 17, 2012, lot 173.
This service’s decoration appeared during the Empire and was found initially at the Rambouillet table setting. Marshall Daru, Empire Baron, bought the service with capraire frieze in 1808.
This pattern was then used by table settings for Louis XVIII and Charles X at Saint Cloud, Compiègne, Fontainebleau and the newly-added Rambouillet. This decoration was used at Tuileries Chateau during the July Monarchy and Second Empire. It is still used today at Elysee for the Republic’s Presidential setting.
We find the teapot presented on Expertissim in the Sèvres Manufacturing archives in the registration of items sent for retail sales.
Latter also detailed on September 7, 1833 as: « 5 théières Pestum fond b(eau) bleu frise capraire 30 francs chaque » (Vv2 70v° 51) (5 Pestum teapots with fine blue capraire frize for 30 French francs each).
This shape was created during the early 19th Century and was quite successful until the Second Empire. It was realized in two grandeurs. Under Louis-Philippe, the shape evolved and handle was fitted with palmettes decoration. The one presented today on Expertissim, dates from the July Monarchy and still has the Empire shaping.
Unfortunately, we are inconclusive on the residence in which these five teapots were delivered to with the « service beau bleu frise d’or capraire », but they were probably (like the two cups sold by Coutau-Bégarie last year) delivered to Tuileries.
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