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Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Cup and Socketed Saucer
  • Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • André-Vincent Vielliard (1717 - 1790), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1764
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 8.9 cm
    Saucer, Height: 4 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 15.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'L' the date letter for 1764 Painted
    Painter's mark: The symbol for André-Vincent Vielliard Painted
    Incised mark: 'th' and 'I'
    Incised mark: 'I'
  • C442
  • European Armoury III
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This cup and saucer would not have been used at the dinner table but was intended to serve hot drinks in the bedroom or boudoir. They were used to serve tea and chocolate or 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-socketed saucer would have steadied the cup which suggests that this model was intended for the sick consuming drinks in bed. Introduced in 1762, it may have been specifically designed for Madame de Pompadour who was of increasingly poor health and bought several examples.
    Both pieces are decorated with an overglaze blue ‘bleu nouveau’ ground, and painted with rustic scenes. The ones on the cup are taken from an engraving after David Teniers, whose compositions wer frequently used at Sèvres.