Reference #: CEPES80
Diameters: 3 3/8 and 4 13/16 in. (8.5 and 12.2 cm.)
PROVENANCE: Mrs. Helen Glatz, London
The collection of François Hervouët, Belgium, nos. 702 and 701, sold,
Sotheby’s, London, November 3, 1987, lot 830
each painted with two couples, on tussling over her fan in his left hand and his hat in her right hand, and the other seated on the ground and enjoying a picnic, his right arm around her shoulder and his left hand pouring her a glass of wine, a town seen in the distance, and the interior rim with a border of gilt dotted trelliswork alternating with rose floral devices.
(the saucer) François and Nicole Hervouët and Yves Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes a Décor Occidental, p. 171, no. 7.87
Although the print or prints that served as the inspiration for this decoration have not been traced, it clearly represents a recurring theme in the 18th century of ‘Marital Discord and Concord.’
A small oval dish from the same service, which was a Christmas present in 1949 from King Umberto to Eduardo Malta, is illustrated by Hyde, Silva and Malta, p. 49. A silver-shape coffee pot with this decoration was sold at Sotheby’s in London on November 18, 1998, lot 1096.