Plate from the Service des Vues Suisse (Service with Views of Switzerland)
Made by the Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, France, 1756 - present
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This plate is part of a seventy-two-piece dessert service sold by the Sèvres 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 (here, a view of the gate and bridge at Fribourg) 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.