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Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory; Charles-Nicolas Dodin, painter; after a design by François Boucher, painter
French, Sèvres, 1761
Soft-paste porcelain, pink ground color, polychrome enamel decoration; gilding
H: 26 3/8 x W: 13 5/8 x D: 11 1/8 in.

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In 1758 the Sèvres porcelain manufactory introduced this shape, designed to be mounted onto a small table. The manufactory named the form, described in the Sèvres archives as a plateau de Courteille ou de chiffonière, after the marquis de Courteille, one of Louis XV's financiers, who represented the king's interest at Sèvres from 1751.

The Sèvres artist Charles-Nicolas Dodin copied the scene from a painting by François Boucher onto the plaque. The original painting was set into wood paneling above a door in an important Parisian townhouse, the Hôtel de Soubise. It became one of Boucher's most popular scenes in the 1700s, known through many prints that circulated widely throughout Europe.