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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
  • Possibly Pierre-Antoine Méreaud the Elder, (mouches d'or)
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1769 - 1770
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 8.9 cm
    Saucer, Height: 4.2 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 15.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls Painted
    Incised mark: 'gtn'
  • C445
  • Study
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This cup was designed with a deep-socketed saucer to steady it, which suggests that it 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.

    These pieces have a so-called 'mouches d’or' decoration, in allusion to the beauty patches or mouches fashionable women and men liked to wear. The painted cherubs by Guillaume Noël (op. 1755-1804) are in the style of François Boucher, but stylistically very different from the earlier Sèvres cherubs of the 1750s.