Set of Limoges Plates


Fun set of 4 vintage porcelain collector’s plates produced by porcelain company Limoges of France for Le Musee des Beaux Arts de Tournay, depicting a fragment of the painting L’Argenteuil by Édouard Manet.

Argenteuil is an 1874 oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet (1832-1883). It is one of Manet’s first works to qualify fully as an Impressionist work, due to its naturalistic subject and its bold palette, such as the blue of the river, mocked by the Figaro journalist Jean Rousseau as “in the foreground, Argenteuil jam on an indigo river”. It is now in the Musée des beaux-arts in Tournai, Belgium.

From 1872 onwards Manet’s themes and brighter palette were echoing those of Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. He spent summer 1874 in Gennevilliers and took the chance to visit his friend Monet, who had lived at Argenteuil since 1873. The surrounding villages beside the Seine were then full of Impressionist painters. Manet also produced The Monet Family in their Garden (1874, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Claude Monet Painting in his Studio (1874, Munich, Neue Pinakothek) in the open air that summer whilst in close contact with Monet.

The work shows a man in a boater and a young woman sitting beside the Seine at Argenteuil – the village is in the background. Manet asked Claude Monet and his wife Camille to pose for the painting but they could not hold the pose for long enough. Manet’s brother-in-law Rudolf Leenhoff or baron Barbier (a friend of Guy de Maupassant) was probably the model for the man, though the model for the woman is unknown.

The plates are in a general good vintage condition, some gold leaf comes loose, see picture.

D 27 cm.

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Fun set of 4 vintage collector’s plates produced by Limoges depicting a fragment of the painting L’Argenteuil by Édouard Manet.