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Gebelet 'à lait' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Two-handled Covered Cup and Saucer
  • Gebelet 'à lait' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1774
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup with cover, Height: 12.9 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 18.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'V' the date letter for 1774
    Factory mark: Indistinct Ls
    Mark: Four blue dots
    Incised mark: '37a' and '.2.'
  • C440
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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. Both pieces are decorated with a turquoise-blue ‘bleu céleste’ ground overlaid with a gilded border of scrolls, flower garlands and painted with sprays of flowers. The rocaille shapes of the gilded trellis-work cartouches are unusual for a piece from the 1770s.