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Martin Carlin (French, born Germany, about 1730 - 1785, master 1766)

Circular plaque painted by Jacques-François Micaud (French, 1732/1735 - 1811)

Sèvres Manufactory (French, founded 1756)




Sèvres, France; Paris, France (Place Created)


table about 1773; porcelain 1773


Oak veneered with tulipwood, ebony, and holly; set with soft-paste porcelain plaques; gilt bronze mounts

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73.3 × 40 cm (28 7/8 × 15 3/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Object Description

In the early 1760s, directed by the marchands-merciers, artisans began to make small round worktables; these items became popular, as they could easily be moved around a room for multiple uses. The porcelain top, which could withstand heated vessels without damage, was ideal for serving tea or coffee. Some tables were even sold with porcelain tea services that matched the decoration of the top.

The marchands-merciers or dealers were the first to use Sèvres porcelain plaques in furniture. Creating a worktable such as this one was a complicated process involving many stages. First the dealer commissioned a design and ordered plaques from the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. He then selected an ébéniste to make and veneer the carcass of the table, leaving space for the plaques; a variety of craftsmen also had to design and make gilt bronze mounts. Another specialized worker lined the drawers with silk. Finally the ébénisteassembled the table and returned it to the dealer to be sold.

after 1884 - 1918

Alfred (Charles) de Rothschild, 1842 - 1918 (Halton, Buckinghamshire, England), by descent to his daughter, Almina Wombwell.

1918 - 1920

Almina Wombwell, countess Carnarvon, English, 1876 - 1969, sold to Henry Symons and Co., 1920.


Henry Symons and Co. (London, England)


French and Company, Inc. (New York City, New York)

1920 - 1931

Mortimer Leo Schiff, American, 1877 - 1931 (New York City, New York), 1920, by inheritance to his son, John M. Schiff, 1931.

1931 - 1938

John Mortimer Schiff, American, 1904 - 1987 (932 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY) [sold, Fine Decorative Furniture, Important Objects of Art, Tapestry, Sculpture, and Rugs, Being a Part of the Collection Formed by the Late Mortimer L. Schiff, Esq., Christie's, London, June 22, 1938, lot 51, to J. Paul Getty.]

1938 - 1970

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.


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