A "cabaret" in Sèvres Porcelain Acquired by Montreal

24/4/13 - Acquisition - Montreal, Musée des Beaux-Arts - The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal had wished to acquire a Sèvres ensemble in order to enrich their Napoleon collection, for quite a while.
Their wish has now been granted thanks to the purchase at Christie’s Paris on 22 and 23 April at the decorative arts auction of a superb "cabaret" made up of an oval platter, a teapot, a sugar bowl, a creamer and two cups with their saucers.

A "cabaret", also called a "déjeuner" is "an ensemble of objects presented on a platter and used to serve hot drinks for one or more persons" [1]. The one purchased by Montreal is a complete set and still has its original case.
It has a prestigious provenance : this was a gift presented by Empress Marie-Louise to Cardinal Fesch on 1st January 1812 and was later owned by the painter Vincenzo Camuccini. Its floral decor, also showing flying insects, was produced by the artist Gilbert Drouet ; it is set against a background of chrome green, vermiculated in gold with a border of stylized myrtle garlands in gold.
Acquired for 65,000€ without charges, this Sèvres ensemble is, strangely enough, the first of this quality to join the collections of a Canadian museum.

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 3 mai 2013


[1] "un ensemble d’objets présentés sur plateau et destinés à la prise de boissons chaudes par une ou plusieurs personnes." : definition found on the website of the Musée des Arts de la Table at the Abbaye de Belleperche.

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