Description Thos tray is decorated with fanciful scenes of China, a dominant theme in French 18th-century art that reflects the fascination, fear, and awe of that country at the time. The scene was painted by Michel-Louis Chauveaux (active 1773–82). Jean Chauvaux the Younger decorated this white ground, hard-paste porcelain tray with a fanciful pseudo-Chinese scene, in which a woman holding an apple with one hand gestures with the other toward a prostrate youth at her side. Chauvaux might have drawn his inspiration for the scene from the work of François Boucher.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Factory Mark] Intertwined Lls; [Date] Letter: Y (1776); [Gilder's Mark] IN (Chauvaux jeune); crown
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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