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Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the second size
  • Cup and Socketed Saucer
  • Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jacques Fontaine (1735 - 1807), Painter
    Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux (born 1730), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1776
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7.2 cm
    Saucer, Height: 3.2 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 12.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'y' the date letter for 1776 Painted
    Painter's mark: A cross of dots for Jacques Fontaine Painted
    Gilder's mark: '#' for Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux In gilding
    Incised mark: 'ga'
  • C446
  • Study
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  • This cup would have been used to serve tea, chocolate, or the milk drinks which were commonly prescribed to those suffering from fever, depression and the effects of too much alcohol. The deep-socketed saucer would have steadied the cup which suggests that this model was intended for the sick consuming drinks in bed.

    These examples have a blue 'beau bleu' ground and were painted by Jacques Fontaine (op. 1752-1800/7) with charming children huntsmen and hunting tophies. The gilding is by Michel-Barnabé Chavaux (op. 1752-88).