The Frick Collection: Sèvres Birch Wood Tray
The design on this tray is adapted from a soft-paste porcelain plaque made around 1783 at the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory in France. The sumptuous painted bouquets of cut flowers, which includes roses, ranunculi, cornflowers, morning glories, and campanulas, is said to be work of Edmé-François Bouillat (French, 1758–1810). The plaque was commissioned at the manufactory by Dominique Daguerre, a renowned French marchand-mercier (merchant of luxury goods), who played an important role in the design of pieces of furniture decorated with such Sèvres porcelain plaques. This plaque is on display in the lower section of a gilt-bronze tripod table in The Frick Collection.
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Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) purchased the table in 1918.
Individually handcrafted from Scandinavian birch wood.