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Gobelet 'à lait' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Two-handled Covered Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'à lait' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Baptiste Tandart (1729 - 1816), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1766
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup and cover, Height: 12.7 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 18.7 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing a scrolling 'N' the date letter for 1766 and a dot Painted
    Painter's mark: ' · · · ' for Jean-Baptiste Tandart Painted
    Incised mark: 'I'
    Incised mark: A reversed 'S'
    Label: 'X' and '464' 'X' inscribed and '464' printed
  • C438
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Covered cups and saucers such as this one were not used at the dinner table but intended to serve hot drinks in the bedroom or boudoir. This shape was probably intended for the milk drinks commonly prescribed to those suffering from fever, depression, or the effects of too much alcohol. For these milk diets hot or cold milk was mixed with water, wine, beer, herbal or savoury stocks and cereals. The deep saucer could be used as a bowl for cooling the drink, or as a tray to serve slices of bread.
    This popular model, a large bucket-shaped cup with simple scroll handles and a flower knop on the cover, was introduced in 1752 and remained in production until the 1780s. Both pieces are decorated with an overglaze blue ground overlaid with dotted circles (known as ‘fond Taillandier’, after the Sèvres painter Vincent Taillandier who invented it) and punctuated with white circles containing red dots and outlined with gilding. The reserves feature colourful wreaths of flowers and foliage by Jean-Baptiste Tandart (op. 1754-1800) and the flower knop is also naturalistically painted.