Tournai Duc D'Orleans service saucer
Lot 234
A rare Tournai saucer from the Duc d'Orléans service, circa 1787
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,700 - 2,500
Lot Details
A rare Tournai saucer from the Duc d'Orléans service, circa 1787
Decorated by J.G.J. Mayer after the ornithological books by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, with a large medallion of an exotic bird perched on a branch before a stretching landscape, framed by three small oval medallions enclosing insects, reserved upon a blue band set with gilt floral festoons, the names of the bird in black script to the base, la grive brune des indes, 14cm diam (crack to rim, rubbing to the gilding)


  • In 1787 the Tournai factory received an order for a service for Philippe-Joseph, Duc d'Orléans (1747-93). It is not known whether the entire service was delivered to the Palais-Royale in Chantilly, but it is certain that not all pieces were delivered in 1791. This extensive service comprised a total of 1593 pieces, of which 594 were sold to the Prince of Wales through the dealer Robert Fogg, recorded in two invoices dated 18 July 1803 and 9 October 1806 (See: L. Delplace, Considérations sur les porcelains de Tournai (1970), pp. 256-259). More pieces were certainly delivered, as there are more examples of some shapes in the Royal Collection than mentioned on the invoices of 1806 and 1809. Only 565 pieces of the service survive in the Royal Collection, which leaves 29 pieces unaccounted for, which might have been disposed of as gifts. (C. Dumortier/ P. Habets, Porcelaines de Tournai: Le Service d'Orleans (2004)).

    There were two different shapes of cups or goblet litrons made for the service, each in four different sizes, all after the Sèvres models. A similar saucer of the same size was sold in these rooms, 15 November 2006, lot 165. A cup and saucer of a smaller size were more recently sold in these Rooms on 8 December 2010, lot 152, where also two plates from the service sold (lots 153 and 154).
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