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Gobelet 'Calabre' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'Calabre' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1772
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 14 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'T' the date letter for 1772
    Painter's mark: ' · · · ' for Jean-Baptiste Tandart
    Incised mark: A cross-potent
    Incised mark: 'CC'
  • C364
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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, like this one, the ‘gobelet Calabre’ which was introduced in 1752 and is still being produced today. The cup is fairly tall, tapers at the base and has a simple scroll handle. They were sold either as part of a ‘déjeuner’ of tray, cups, saucers (sometimes), milk jug and sugar bowl or in sets with matching saucers, milk jugs, sugar bowls and teapots. The deep saucer that was paired with it was probably used for cooling liquid from the cup, and as a drinking dish.

    An example for the ornate painted decoration of the later 1760s, this cup and saucer are decorated with an elaborate pattern of gilded trellis-work enclosing pink oeil-de-perdrix gilding, while gilded flower garlands suspend monochrome medallions of classical-inspired cameo heads. The centre of the saucer features a stylized rosette.