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Gobelet 'Calabre' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'Calabre' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1770
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 8.1 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 15.4 cm
  • Mark: Interlaced Ls Painted
    Incised mark: 'SP'
    Incised mark: 'S'
  • C363
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  • By 1752, the Vincennes manufactory produced a wide range of luxurious wares for the consumption of fashionable exotic drinks like tea, coffee and chocolate. Many of these models remained in production for the rest of the century, like this gobelet Calabre which was introduced in 1752 and is still produced today. Its deep saucer was probably used for cooling liquid from the cup, and as a drinking dish.

    Decorated with an overglaze 'beau bleu' ground, the painted pastoral scenes on both pieces are based on prints after François Boucher: the shepherd on the cup is taken from Gilles Demarteau’s engraving 'La pipée', while the shepherdess on the saucer is from Claude Duflos’s 'Ce pasteur amoureux chante sur sa musette…' of 1751-2.
    Despite the influence of neo-classicism, such playful pastoral scenes were still fashionable on Sèvres as late as the 1770s.