French Sevres style porcelain plate with portrait of Louis XVI

Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)


This fine and large porcelain plate is decorated in the Sevres style and features a beautifully detailed bust portrait of the French King Louis XVI.


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Created in the style of the celebrated Sevres Manufactory, this porcelain plate or charger is a triumph of the ceramicist's craft. It features a portrait of the notorious French King Louis XVI, and is probably after a painting by Antoine-Francois Callet (1741-1823). Callet was Louis XVI's official portraitist, completing his first portrait of the king in 1779 and creating several variants thereafter, some of which have been lost. The original full-length portrait is currently held at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

The present portrait is set against a reddish-brown backing and bears the title 'Louis XVI', together with a signature reading 'Pepin / apres Rigaud'. It sits inside a gilt laurel-wreath frame within a Sevres-style 'bleu celeste' (turquoise blue) outer border. There is an impressed L-mark for the Sevres factory on the underside of the plate.

This porcelain plate would make an excellent set with this other pair.


Artist / Maker
Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Louis XVI, Royal / Monarchy, Sèvres
Gilt, Porcelain
Blue, Brown


2 cm / 0.8 inches
45 cm / 17.7 inches


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