Decorated by Jacques or Mlle. Fontaine, with blue and gold formal dot and leaf borders, sauceboat 23cm, plate 24cm and a 19th Century French replacement soup plate of similar design (3)
Previously offered Bonhams 'Continental Ceramics & Glass', 24th May 2000, lot 130.
The sauceboat could have been made for one of two services completed in 1788, both a variation of the "pois bleu" pattern and listed in the Sèvres Sales Registers. One was the service for a M. Halles, started in October 1787 and completed at the beginning of 1788. The other was made for the Spanish Ambassador to France, the Conde de Fernán Núñez. For full details of the two services, see David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century Vol. IV (2005), p.823 and 871.
The "pois bleu" pattern and variants thereof were used on a number of services between 1787 and 1793. Two ice-pails of a similar pattern can be found in the Royal Collection. For a full discussion on these and the pattern design, see Geoffrey de Bellaigne, French Porcelain in the Collection of her Majesty the Queen Vol. II (2009), p.690-693.
A plate from the same or a similar service was sold at Christie's in Paris on December 6th 2001.