Plate from the Rohan service
On View In:
Gallery 317
Artist:   Etienne Evans
Sèvres Porcelain Factory  
Title:   Plate from the Rohan service  
Date:   1772  
Medium:   Porcelain  
Dimensions:   1 1/8 x 9 3/4 in. (2.86 x 24.77 cm)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery 317  

One of the most famous dinner services produced by Sèvres was commissioned for Louis Renè Edouard, Prince of Rohan, Cardinal de Rohan, and bishop of Strasbourg (1734-1803). Before Rohan was lured into a fraudulent scheme involving a diamond necklace, he enjoyed a very privileged status in the royal court of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. Rohan's initials, PLR, for Prince Louis Rohan, form the central design on each plate. The decoration of the service featured Rohan's monogram (PLR for Prince Louis Rohan), three white ovals with Kakiemon (Japanese-inspired) scenes, birds, gilded foliage, and the bleu céleste color made famous by Sèvres.

Name:   Evans, Etienne  
Role:   Decorator  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, active 1752 - 1806  
Name:   Sèvres Porcelain Factory  
Role:   Manufacturer  
Life Dates:   Paris, est. 1756  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Marks 'PLR', in gold, center of plate; 'LL', in script, interlaced; 'CX', to right  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   dinner plate, border in turquoise blue decorated with swags of gold leaves joining three oval medallions reserved in white and painted with landscapes and birds, scene differing from plate 44.42.1; in the center of the plate the monogram of a member of the Rohan family in gold within a wreath of gold leaves and acorns emerging from a tree stump; underglaze stone grey; the pieces in this group are part of a set made for the Rohan family during the reign of Louis XV  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , , Sèvres  
Accession #:   44.42.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts