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Possibly gobelet 'couvert' of the first size and soucoupe 'litron' of the second size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Possibly gobelet 'couvert' of the first size and soucoupe 'litron' of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Louis-Denis Armand The Elder, cup
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1761 (with replacement saucer)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 14 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls (foliate on the cup) enclosing 'h' the date letter for 1760-1761
    Painter's mark: The crescent associated with Louis-Denis Armand The Elder
    Incised mark: A reversed 'S'
    Incised mark: 'I'
  • C368
  • 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 many years, like this one, the ‘gobelet couvert et soucoupe’, of which examples are known from 1753 until c. 1780.
    Although the name may not suggest it (‘couvert’ means ‘covered’ in French), these cups were also produced without lids.
    This example has a green ground, painting of birds in landscapes and gilded peacock feathers. The decoration on the saucer is inferior, and also given the lack of marks on it and, suggests that it is a later replacement. The set matches a cup and saucer with milk jug sold at Sotheby’s New York in 1980.