The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup
  • Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jacques-François Micaud (1732 - 1811), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1767
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 6.1 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 14 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'O' the date letter for 1767 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'x' probably for Jacques-François Micaud Painted
    Incised mark: 'CL'
    Incised mark: 'M'
    Incised mark: 'pt'
    Incised mark: 'Sp'
  • C357
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • 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, like this one, the ‘gobelet Bouillard’, which was introduced in 1753 and remained in production until the 1790s.
    Slightly squat and round with a scroll handle, it was often part of a ‘déjeuner’ - a set of tray, cups, saucers, milk jug and sugar bowl - but was also sold in sets of matching cups and saucers. It was usually for tea (some examples have matching teapots) but was also used for coffee. A plain shallow bowl saucer was paired with it. The model was probably named after Antoine-Augustin Bouillard, a fermier-général and dealer who was also one of the manufactory’s shareholders.
    This cup and saucer are decorated with a frieze of garlands of roses, looped swags of leaves and berries, areas of sablé-gilded ground, and alternate stripes of blue lines and gilded dots.