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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
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 would have been 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 a blue ‘beau bleu’ ground colour and painted by Jacques Fontaine (op. 1752-1800/7) with children huntsmen and hunting tophies. The gilded borders of scolls and swags are by Michel-Barnabé Chavaux (op. 1752-88).