Sevres signed Brachard dated 1817
Lot 190
A rare Sèvres biscuit portrait plaque, circa 1817
£1,200 - 1,800
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
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Sevres signed Brachard dated 1817 Sevres signed Brachard dated 1817
Lot Details
A rare Sèvres biscuit portrait plaque, circa 1817
Signed and dated: A. Brachard fecit [sic] 9.bre 1817 modelled with a portrait en profil of a man wearing the order of a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of the First Empire (Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Empire), in its original ebonised wooden frame with gilt metal mounting, 10cm high, 20.5cm including frame


  • The signature incised to the side of the medallion '9.bre' refers to the date of modelling, which must have fallen in September 1817. The Brachard family included three of the most well known modellers at the Sèvres factory. Alexandre Brachard fils (1775-1843) was the younger brother of Jean-Charles-Nicholas Brachard (called aîné) and the son of Nicholas Brachard (called père), all of whom were working as sculptors at the Sèvres factory. From 26 July 1784 Alexandre Brachard was a pupil (elève) at the Sèvres factory, and Aileen Dawson (French Porcelain (2000), p.202) has traced his career in detail. He was listed as an unpaid help under Le Riche in the sculptor's workshop in February 1791. Exceptionally, we know what Alexandre Brachard looked like, thanks to a very rare medallion with his portrait en profil in the British Museum (Dawson, op.cit., cat. no. 168).
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