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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: 6.4 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 13.6 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlacing L's enclosing 'h' the date letter for 1760
    Painter's mark: ♂ Unidentified
    Incised mark: 'gc' and 'I'
    Incised mark: 'j'
  • C344
  • 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 intricate flower garlands interlaced to form heart shapes. Alhough the painter’s mark (the symbol for iron) is still unidentified, the delicacy of the pattern is very distinctive.