This 72-piece dessert service was sold by the Sevres factory on December 30, 1811, to Eugène de Beauharnais (1781–1824), Napoleon I’s
stepson and viceroy of Italy. The scenes of Switzerland depicted on the plates are after engravings from Tableaux de la Suisse, ou voyage
pittoresque fait dans less XIII cantons du Corps Helvétique (Pictures of Switzerland, or a Picturesque Voyage Made in the Thirteen Cantons of the
Helvetic Confederation) that was published in Paris in 1774.
The service is notable for the use of transfer printing to establish the outlines of the landscape scenes, which were then painted with polychrome
enamels. Transfer printing was seldom used at Sèvres, and it appears that this service was the first in which it was employed for the primary
decoration rather than just for more minor decorative motifs.
See
plate with view of Lake of Lugano at Metropolitan Museum of Art.
See
plate with view of the gate and bridge at Fribourg at Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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