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Drawing, Design for a Painted Porcelain Plate, La Balance (Libra) from le Zodiaque Travesti (The Farcical Zodiac) Service, 1824

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Jean Charles Develly and company: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated 1824 and we acquired it in 1989. Its medium is pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, white gouache, pink, tan watercolor, red crayon, graphite on cream laid paper mounted on cream laid paper, image bordered in pen and brown ink. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of James Amster.

Its dimensions are

19.8 × 15.1 cm (7 13/16 × 5 15/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and brown/black ink over graphite, on mount, upper center: La Balance (Libra); on mount lower center: un allemand dit: / mon femme i bèze plus que moi...(a german says: my wife weighs more than me); in graphite, on mount, upper right corner: 9

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Painted Porcelain Plate, La Balance (Libra) from le Zodiaque Travesti (The Farcical Zodiac) Service, 1824; Company: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (France); France; pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, white gouache, pink, tan watercolor, red crayon, graphite on cream laid paper mounted on cream laid paper, image bordered in pen and brown ink; 19.8 × 15.1 cm (7 13/16 × 5 15/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of James Amster; 1989-13-44

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