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English Frog

Unrecorded plate from the "Frog Service" Made for Catherine the Great of Russia, Empress of Russia

Joshia Wegdwood 

Etruria, Staffordshire, England

Circa 1773-1774


Diam. 9 in; 23 cm


French private collection

Twinight Collection, New York, U.S.A.

Commissioned in 1773 from Josiah Wedgwood in partnership with Thomas Bentley, this elegant service consists 944 pieces, 680 for the dinner service and 264 for the dessert. At Catherine's request the hand-painted decoration showed British scenes, copied from prints, with a total of 1,222 views. In addition each piece had a green frog within a shield, a reference to the name of the palace it was intended for.

The price agreed was £2,290, which was low for such a large service with so much painting. Wedgwood's direct costs were £2,612, and in the end he received just over £2,700, a very meagre profit. But the reputational value to the firm was enormous. Some pieces were retained by Wedgwood for various reasons: trial pieces, some dessert pieces painted with the dinner border, some perhaps as the view was thought not sufficiently interesting.

The great majority of pieces are now in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, where many are on display.

Acquired by the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM), Missouri, U.S.A.

Apollo in Gold

Ice pail with Elephant-head from the Dessert Service ‘Gold Marly with Grey-painted Laurel Leaves and Cameo-style Heads”: Mercury and Perseus


Imperial manufactory of porcelain 


Hard-paste porcelain, enamels and gold



Gift from Napoleon I to King Frederick I of Württemberg

European private collection

This ice pail, long ago one of a pair, was part of a dessert service named “Marly d’Or with Grey-painted Laurel Leaves and Cameo-style Heads” that Napoleon presented to Frederick I, King of Württemberg, in 1809. In December of that year, following the Austrian campaign, that monarch, who was a loyal ally of the Emperor, travelled to Paris. Invited to visit the Sèvres Manufactory’s workshops, he caught sight of the decoration of the service, then in the process of being made, and was quite taken by it. Originally intended for another purpose, the Imperial Household administration decided to add it to the list of gifts Napoleon, for reasons of diplomacy, wished to send Frederick as a token of his friendship.

Purchased for the MBA Montreal in 2016 

Imperial Tea-Set


Imperial manufactory of porcelain

Hard porcelain, enamels, gold, silver-gilt

Portraits painted by Marie-Victoire Jaquotot, Pierre-André Le Guay and Jean Georget.

Circa 1812


Acquired by Emperor Napoleon I in July 1812, this cabaret was offered by the Empress Marie-Louise to the Queen Mother on the occasion of New Year 1813. 

American private collection

Twinight collection, New York

Musée Napoléon, Fontainebleau


Located at Chateau Fontainebleau

Featured in Review of Museums of France

Sevres imperial porcelain collectors piece


Imperial manufactory of porcelain

Hard porcelain, enamels and gold

Circa 1810-1812


Gifted on the occasion of New Year 1813 by the Emperor to the Duchess of Montebello, widow of Marshal Jean Lannes.

Private collection, France.

Twinight collection, New York.

Musée Napoléon, Fontainebleau


Once attributed to Angarano, a small town in the Veneto, this very characteristic production of,

most usually, capriccio views decorated in strong colours of blue, green, yellow and manganese

has for some time now been proved to belong to Pavia in Lombardy. Siro Antonio Africa (active

1686 until his death in 1737) was a prolific and accomplished painter on maiolica.

Imperial Promenade

Plate from the Service Cambacérès painted with a view of Fontainebleau castle titled: 

Vue de l’étang de Fontainebleau et de la cour des Fontaines dans l’éloignement

Sèvres, Imperial manufactory of porcelain

Painted by Jean-François Robert

Hard-paste porcelain, enamels and gold

Mark: red stamp M. Imple / de Sèvres

Titled in black : Vue de l’Étang de Fontainebleau et de / la Cour des Fontaines dans l’Éloignement


Fontainebleau. Château de Fontainebleau, musée Napoléon Ier. Inv. F 2015.5.

The Imperial Manufacture of Sèvres delivered on August 17, 1807 “on behalf of the Emperor to Jean-Jacques-Régis Prince Cambacéres, arch-chancellor of the Empire, on the occasion of the marriage of Princess Stéphanie [de Beauharnais, now of Baden ] ” this table service, distinguished by burgundy marli - the color of imperials - decorated with alternating gold flowers, and a frieze of stylized leaves. The present plate belongs to a small group painted with landscapes of notable sites in the Empire.

Featured in: Revue des Musées de France


Sevres Imperial Porcelain collectors piece
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