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Gobelet 'Hébert' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'Hébert' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1760
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 6.5 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 13.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls Smudged by a thumb print
    Incised mark: 'I'
    Incised mark: '3'
  • C343
  • Back State Room
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  • The European cup for drinking tea evolved gradually during the first half of the eighteenth century, adapted from the Chinese porcelain tea bowls in which tea was originally drunk when it became fashionable in Europe at the end of the seventeenth century. By 1752, the Vincennes manufactory (the early name for Sèvres) was making a wide range of tea wares, many models of the early 1750s remaining in production for the rest of the century. Most cups and saucers could be used for tea, coffee or chocolate, often being sold with matching teapots or, more rarely, coffee pots.

    This model is known from 1752 and may have been named either after the dealer Thomas-Joachim Hébert or of Louis XVs secretary of the same name. Cup and saucer are decorated with a turquoise blue ‘bleu celeste ground’ and the painted birds framed by elaborate gilded cartouches. Originally, they may have been part of a set - with a lacquer tray, another cup and saucer, a sugarpot, teapot and golden spoons - sold to Louis XV to give to the Queen by the dealer Lazare Duvaux.