GALLERY & BLOG

Welcome to the Gallery & Blog section, where I’ll regularly post pictures, share news and report any discoveries that come to light. I’ll certainly be grateful to hear from you and receive pictures or other news items of interest. Many thanks! – Charlotte Jacob-Hanson

Two Hague-decorated Tournai plates with Duvivier bird decoration

Two Hague-decorated Tournai plates with Duvivier bird decoration

In Appendix A of In the Footsteps of Fidelle Duvivier, I mentioned on page 60 that I had been unable to find and attribute more than one example of Tournai porcelain decorated by Duvivier (ca. 1783) for the Lynckers’ decorating business in The Hague: this was a covered chocolate cup and saucer (69a, b) with figures painted in puce monochrome, kept in the reserve collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Then, two weeks before Christmas 2016, I found the above picture online, showing a pair of Tournai plates (1, 2) with The Hague marks that had been included in an auction in Berlin. These definitely caught my eye due to their faintly familiar bird decoration …

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Boston Museum of Fine Arts –  Derby, Sceaux, Loosdrecht and New Hall porcelain with Duvivier decoration

Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Derby, Sceaux, Loosdrecht and New Hall porcelain with Duvivier decoration

A Chelsea-Derby soft-paste porcelain plate, c. 1770, painted in the center by Fidelle Duvivier in rose camaïeu with a cherub holding a bird, and seated amidst musical instruments and a cage on clouds, the scalloped rim with a lightly molded edge delineated with gilt lines and scrolls pendent with a rose and pink meandering ribbon interrupted with gilt-heightened turquoise grapevines and foliate clusters extending into the lightly fluted cavetto. Conjoined anchor and D mark in gold. Diameter: 9 in. (22.8 cm.) (Inv. RES 55.31, reserve collection)

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Duvivier’s decoration on Loosdrecht Sherds

Between 1774 and 1784 porcelain was made at the Dutch manufactory founded by Rev. Joannes de Mol (1726–1782) and located in Oud-Loosdrecht, 30 km south of Amsterdam, close to the Vecht River. In the years 2000-2005 the Historical Society of Loosdrecht conducted excavation work at the site of the manufactory in order to bring its history “above water” for the first time. In the course of their work, the archaeologists discovered a vast amount of ceramic evidence – both in the ground as well as in the water nearby.

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Two Sceaux faience plates (F. Duvivier)

Two Sceaux faience plates (F. Duvivier)

The above plates (numbers 36, 38 in my book) were published in 1903 in a book by M. L. Solon, A history and description of the old French faïence, with an account of the revival of faïence painting in France (London: Cassell & Co., Ltd.), facing p. 124. At the time the two plates were attributed to the factory of J. Gaspard Robert of Marseille, but in the meantime both have been re-attributed to Sceaux.

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