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Gobelet 'litron' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and saucer
  • Gobelet 'litron' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Nicolas Dodin (1734 - 1803), Painter
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1790
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7.5 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 14.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'NN' the date letter for 1970 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'k' for Charles-Nicolas Dodin Painted
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay Painted in gilding
    Incised mark: '29' Partly concealed by an inscription
    Incised mark: 'IG'
    Incised mark: 'Pr'
    Incised mark: '29' Partially concealed by an inscription
    Inscription: 'Persée épouse Andromède'
    Inscription: 'la Beauté gouvernée par la Raison récompensée par le Mérite'
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  • Durig the French Revolution Sèvres continued to produce luxurious porcelain wares such as this lavishly decorated cup and saucer.

    Set against a deep 'beau bleu' ground, the wonderfully detailed gilding is by Etienne-Henry Le Guay (op. 1742-3, 1748-9, 1751-96), while the mythological scenes illustrate Charles-Nicolas Dodin’s (op. 1754-1802/3) skill as one of the finest figure painters at Sèvres. The cup shows the 'Marriage of Perseus and Andromeda' after Charles Eisen, which had been engraved by Jean Massard for an edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses of 1767-71. Angelika Kauffman’s 'Beauty governed by Reason rewarded by Merit' inspired the decoration on the saucer and was engraved by Jean-Marie Delattre in 1782.

    Unlikely to ever have been used, they were probably intended as precious collectables. It is a measure of the success of Sèvres that domestic items were considered works of art as soon as they left the factory.