Sevres Porcelain Manufactory Jean Charles Develly Alexandre Brongniart
Service des Arts Industriels
Sevres Porcelain Manufactory-+##+—+##+-Service des Arts Industriels, 1835, Hard-paste porcelain, enamel decoration, and gilding; 21.6 cm (8 1/2 inches) (diameter), Gift of Mrs. Gilman Angier, Mr. Alfred Morris, Jr. and Nickerson Stamp Fund 84.021
During the 1820s and early 1830s, the French National Porcelain Factory at Sèvres produced a dessert service illustrating artisans at work. France’s last king, Louis-Philippe (reigned 1830 — 1848), purchased the 119-piece Industrial Arts Service and presented it to the Austrian diplomat Prince von Metternich. Pieces from the service, now extremely rare and held in museums around the world, provide valuable references for techniques in a variety of trades—-from women creating artificial flowers to the laborious process of refining sugar, from the manufacture of pastries and hats to that of wallpaper and tapestries. This plate is inscribed ‘Fabrication du Carton’ and shows men flattening and drying heavy pasteboard for the production of boxes.