Plate, hard paste porcelain, Dihl et Guérhard, rue du Temple, Paris, France, c.1800


The centre of this cabinet plate is exquisitely painted with a marble surface on which sits an arrangement of fruit, including two pears, strawberries, and bunches of white and black grapes, surrounded by a broad gilt band. An outer border of pale apricot is richly gilded with classical ornaments. The rim is gilded.

The base bears the mark 'MF. de Dihl et Guerhard à Paris', stencilled in grey.

Producing wares of the highest quality, the factory was established by Christophe Dihl and Antoine Guérhard in the rue de Bondy, Paris, in 1781. Aged only five, the duc d'Angoulême (1775-1844) was made the factory's royal protector, enabling the factory to produce and sell coloured and gilt porcelain, despite the monopoly granted to Sèvres in 1766. The factory moved to new premises in rue du Temple in 1789. The business was finally wound up in 1828.

Condition: Excellent - no chips, cracks or restoration. The gilt and painted decoration is in superb order.

Dimensions: Diameter 24.2 cm

French Porcelain: A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection, Aileen Dawson (British Museum Press, 2000).


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