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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
  • Guillaume Noël (1734 - 1804), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1766
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup and cover, Height: 13 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 18.8 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'N' the date letter for 1766 Painted, in green on the cup and in purple on the saucer
    Painter's mark: For Guillaume Noël Painted, in green on the cup, in purple on the saucer
    Incised mark: 'Lg' Indistinct
  • C439
  • Back State Room
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  • 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.
    Detailed decoration painted by Guillaume Noël features a blue ground overlaid with caillouté (‘pebble-stone’) gilding at the outer edges, blue and carmine scroll patterns overlaid with trellis-work gilding, swags of drapery and flower garlands. A stylised flower in the centre of the saucer is enclosed by a red 'oeil de perdrix' (partridge's eye) pattern.