The Wallace Collection

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Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé'
  • Cup and Socketed Saucer
  • Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Guillaume Noël (1734 - 1804), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1766
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 9 cm
    Saucer, Height: 4.2 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 15.1 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'N' the date letter for 1766
    Painter's mark: The symbol for Guillaume Noël
    Incised mark: '3'
  • C444
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • This cup and saucer were not used at the dinner table but 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 designed for Madame de Pompadour who was of increasingly poor health and bought several examples.
    The elaborate decoration of this set by Guillaume Noël features ‘caillouté’ (pebble-stone) gilding on blue ground, blue and carmine scroll patterns with trellis-work gilding, lambrequins and flower garlands. The outside of the saucer’s socket is painted with a red ‘oeil deperdrix’ (‘patdidge’s eye’)-pattern.