Porcelain plate with “Pompadour” decoration. China, Qianlong Period


Porcelain Compagnie des Indes plate with underglaze white-blue decoration, painted diverse flowers, foliaged branches, fruits and scrolls, outer rim sectioned with four cartouches carrying eagles and fish.

China, Qianlong Period (1736-1795), circa 1740

Diameter: 23 cm (9 in.).

Crack and few chips on borders

According to tradition, the service was ordered by a favorite of King Louis XV, the Marquise of Pompadour (1721-1764), maiden name Jeanne Poisson.
The eagles in the cartouches serve as an allegory for King Louis XV while the fish represent the Marquise of Pompadour.

Michel Beurdeley opposes this theory and considers it more a commission from a member of a devoted party whose goal was to mock the Marquise of Pompadour’s plebeian origins.

Two variants of this pattern exist, one in polychrome, other in a rarer blue-white

For two dishes with white-blue Pompadour decoration consult Drouot, Etude Pescheteau-Badin, February 7, 2011, lot 10
For one round dish with polychrome Pompadour decoration, consult Artcurial, December 13, 2011, lot 80

Bibliography :
- Beurdeley, M., La porcelaine de la Compagnie des Indes, p. 198.

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