Antique French Porcelain Plate with Children Playing and a Cobalt Blue Border


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An extraordinary Dagoty French porcelain plate showing children playing. The happy children are joined by their dog in a scene painted in grisaille. On this plate the border of deep cobalt blue is lavishly gilded in a dramatic geometric pattern. Burnished gilt, such as we see here, was another hallmark of Dagoty porcelains soon after 1800. The informal scene of the children at play is juxtaposed by the formal border with the geometric design. This type of contrast is typically French, and only the French made porcelains with this particular type of sophisticated contrast.

Romanticism had a strong influence on the Dagoty porcelains of the first decade of the 1800s. Anecdotal scenes, indoor scenes, and scenes showing children’s games replaced neoclassical subjects. The new themes were more human and had a much less rigid atmosphere.


Dm 8 in. x H 1 in.






The Paris retail shop was on the Boulevard Montmartre. The Dagoty factorymade hard paste porcelain. The factory was in the Rue de Chevreuse, Paris leased for nine years in 1800 by brothers Pierre-Louis (1771-1840) and Etienne-Jean-Baptiste Dagoty (1772-1800). Pierre-Louis became sole owner in 1804 and in 1807 the lease was renewed for a further nine years. The factory was under the protection of the Empress Josephine and supplied porcelain for Versailles. In 1816 Dagoty went into partnership with Edouard Honoré. The partnership was dissolved in 1820. Products were of high quality with painting backgrounds in attractive colors and lavish gilding.


Aileen Dawson ‘French Porcelain – A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection’ [London, 1994] pp 386-387. Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, ‘Dagoty à Paris, La Manufacture de Porcelaine de L’Impératrice,’ Paris, 2006.

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