RICHARD FRANCOIS, SEVRES

VENUS AND CUPID

Sèvres Porcelain Factory

 

Plaque “Venus and Cupid”
Year 1863

Artist: François Richard (1814-?)
Artist at the Serves Porcelain Factory from 1832 to 1875

 

Plaque is made after the painting “Venus and Cupid” by the famous French artist François Boucher, “the first royal painter”, who worked at the Sèvres Porcelain Factory.
The rich and surprisingly clear color of the plaque is one of the main characteristics of the Sèvres porcelain. The colors of the Sèvres porcelain stand out by their brightness, and the painting itself by variety of motifs and mastery of the artists.

 

Signed bottom middle: Richard Sèvres

Porcelain, overglaze polychrome painting
38.7 x 34.4 (oval)
Sèvres label on biscuit: S.51

 

Inscription in French on the back of the plaque:
Peinture au demi grand feu
1 r feu 15 Julliet
2 e idem 10 Septembre
1863

Translation from French:
Painting fired at middle high temperature.
1st firing June 15th heating
2nd September 10th
1863

 

Inscription on the back of the original frame:
NOM DE L’ARTISTE: RICHARD FRANÇOIS
TITRE DE L’OUVRAGE: UNE JEUNE …. ENFANT № 21
Imp. Kugelmann.

 

Translation:
Name of the artist: François Boucher
The title of the painting: Girl with a child

 

PROVENANCE:
The plaque was purchased at the beginning of XX century by the great grandfather of the current owner.

 

EXPERTISE:
P. M. Tretyakov independent art research & expertise, expert conclusion ОДП 12843, № 8235-38 dated April 4, 2019.

 

This work of art has great historic, artistic and museum value.

 

 

Price on request.

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Sèvres Porcelain Factory (French: Manufacture nationale de Sèvres).

Sèvres is a small town near Paris, located in one of the most picturesque parts of France, near the famous Saint-Cloud Park. The factory which made the town famous all over the world is located under a high hill, below the park.

The factory was originally founded in a castle in Vincennes and it manufactured mainly soft-paste porcelain products. From 1745 the factory had monopoly on porcelain production and it attracted the best artists, designers and jewelers.

The patron of the Vincennes and later Sèvres manufactory was Louis XV. Madame de Pompadour showed a keen interest in the affairs of the factory which was later named the Royal Porcelain Manufactory. In 1756 the factory was moved to Sèvres.
In the 1760s the Royal Porcelain Manufactory became indisputable leader in the production of luxury porcelain, surpassing the best Meissen samples. Annual exhibitions are held.

Famous artist François Boucher, “the first royal painter”, worked at the factory. Rich and amazingly pure colors of the paintings on porcelain are one of the main characteristics of the Sèvres porcelain. Colors of the Sèvres porcelain differed in brightness and purity of the color, and paintings themselves stand out by variety of motifs and mastery of the artists.
Flowers became favorite motifs of the artists of the factory. The themes of the Sèvres porcelain paintings are especially interesting.

Cupids on the clouds or in a landscape are made in one tone: purple or blue and can be found in early works of the factory. Later the artists used popular themes and turned Cupids into child gardeners or little fishermen.

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