Table – Attributed to Martin Carlin, Porcelain plaques made at Sèvres Manufactory

塞佛國立瓷器廠about 1770; circular plaque 1764


In the early 1760s artisans began to make small round worktables, directed by the marchands-merciers. As they could easily be moved around a room for multiple uses, these items quickly became popular. The porcelain top, which could withstand heated vessels without damage, was ideal for serving tea or coffee. Some tables were even sold with porcelain tea services that matched the decoration of the top.

Parisian marchands-merciers were the first to use Sèvres porcelain plaques in furniture. Creating a work table such as this one was a complicated process involving many stages. First the dealer commissioned a design and ordered plaques from the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. He then selected an ébéniste to make and veneer the carcass of the table, leaving space for the plaques. A variety of craftsmen designed and made the gilt bronze mounts. Another specialized worker lined the drawers with silk. Finally the ébénisteassembled the table and returned it to the dealer to be sold.

The marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre delivered this table to the duchesse de Mazarin in 1779 for her dressing room.


  • 标题: Table
  • 创作者: Attributed to Martin Carlin, Porcelain plaques made at Sèvres Manufactory
  • 日期: about 1770; circular plaque 1764
  • 实际尺寸: 70.5 x 39.1 cm (27 3/4 x 15 3/8 in.)
  • 外部链接: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • 材质: Oak veneered with tulipwood, ebony and holly; white marble lower shelf; set with four soft-paste porcelain plaques with polychrome enamel decoration; gilt-bronze mounts
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: The circular porcelain plaque painted on the reverse with the blue crossed "L"'s of the Sèvres manufactory enclosing the date letter "L" for 1764.
  • Object Type: Furniture
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 70.DA.74
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S113
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: Gift of J. Paul Getty
  • Classification: Decorative Arts


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