A Frankenthal tray, circa 1770-80
Lot 208
A Frankenthal oval dish from the Mannheim 'Hofservice', circa 1760
Sold for £1,750 (US$ 2,941) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Frankenthal oval dish from the Mannheim 'Hofservice', circa 1760
Painted with a pair of fantasy birds standing in a naturalistic landscape surrounded by trees and bushes, four gilt-framed floral vignettes alternating with four panels of blue, white and gold 'Wittelsbach' chequers under a shaped gilt-edged rim, 32cm diam, crowned CT mark in underglaze-blue, incised L flanked by 2 and 2


  • Modelled as a replacement or addition to the Sèvres service decorated with Mosaique Oiseaux made for the Mannheim Court, described by David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century, vol.I, p.150, and vol. II, p.321f.

    The service was commissioned in 1760 by Etienne-François, Duc de Choiseul-Stainville, Minister of Foreign Affairs on behalf of Louis XV, to be presented to Carl Theodor of Sulzbach, Elector Palatine, ruler of the Rheinisch Palatinate and Upper Palatinate, and subsequently of Bavaria. The service was presented in 1760 at Mannheim by Gabriel d'Alesme, Minister Plenipotentiary of France to the Palatine, the gift was probably intended to promote friendship with the Elector during the Seven Years War.

    A part of this service is in the Residenz in Munich and one plate is in the Bavarian National Museum. For a discussion of the relation of the Sèvres service and the Frankenthal additions to the service under Carl Theodor, see Daniela Antonin, Im Zeichen der Diplomatie, Weltkunst, May 2003, where she mentions that already in 1760, Carl Theodor ordered the Frankenthal factory to copy some parts of the service. She alludes to a tureen, plate and a sugar box in the Kurpfälzischen Museum der Stadt Heidelberg, also illustrated by Carl-Ludwig Fuchs, 'Glanzvoller Tafelzier', Weltkunst, June 2006, p.74-77. Another small salt from the same service is in the Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, illustrated in their catalogue, Deutsches Porzelllans des 18. Jahrhunderts, Geschirr und Ziergerät, p.162, cat.no.252. Two plates and a seau crénélé were sold at Christie's, London, 30 August 1980, lot 141 and 142. A larger charger from this service was offered in these rooms, 14 November 2007, lot 206.
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