The Wallace Collection

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Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Covered Cup and Socketed Saucer
  • Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
    Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux (born 1730), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1777
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup and cover, Height: 12 cm
    Saucer, Height: 3.9 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 15 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls with 'Z' the date letter for 1777 Painted in brown
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin
    Gilder's mark: '#' for Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux Painted in gilding
    Incised mark: '6' and '48' on the cup
    Incised mark: '6'
  • C447
  • Study
Images & Media
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 be 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, overlaid with rich gilding of falm fronds and wreaths of flowers and laurel. The reserves show painted harbour scenes by Jean-Louis Morin whio specialised in this subject. Some of the equipment bears inscriptions, including ‘no 45’ on a bundle and ‘x/91 […?]’ on a barrel. The meaning of these has not yet been identified.