Rectangular trays with décor Bérain

Moustier, Franceearly 18th Century

Gardiner Museum

Gardiner Museum
Toronto, Canada

Decorated with grotesque ornaments finely outlined in blue on a white ground, the trays exemplify the impact of Jean 1er Bérain’s designs on the decorative arts of the 18th century. Bérain (1640-1711) was a painter, draftsman, engraver and Louis XIV`s official court designer, providing theatrical decors and costumes for royal entertainments. Artisans adapted his ornamental designs known through prints in various media, including textiles, tapestries and furniture.


  • Title: Rectangular trays with décor Bérain
  • Creator: Moustier, France
  • Date Created: early 18th Century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall (G12.14.16.1 - Tray): 1 5/8 × 12 9/16 × 10 3/16 in. (4.2 × 31.9 × 25.9 cm) Overall (G12.14.16.2 - Tray): 1 9/16 × 12 1/2 × 10 in. (4 × 31.8 × 25.4 cm)
  • Medium: Tin glaze earthenware, blue monochrome decoration

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