The Silver Bowl

Alexandre-François Desportes (1661-1743)
c. 1740-1750
Oil on board, carved and gilt oak frame
Long-term loan from the Sèvres porcelain factory, 1925
Inv. SEVRES ss no. (344)
© MAD

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Alexandre-François Desportes was a highly successful still life painter whose works depicted the most famous silverware pieces created by his contemporaries; many of his paintings also featured oriental porcelain and vases of flowers, presented on buffets. In 1784, the Sèvres factory purchased the artist’s workshop collection from his nephew.