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Gobelet 'feuille de choux' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'feuille de choux' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • François le Vavasseur (1730 - 1770), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1761
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7.8 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 15.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'H' the date letter for 1761 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'W' for François Vavasseur Painted
    Incised mark: 'FR'
  • C371
  • Back State Room
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 1750s remaining in production for many years.
    This model is named after the cabbage leaf-shaped reserves, which gave the model its name, and as on most examples were left white and painted with flowers. 'Feuille de choux'-wares illustrate how organic forms became a vital influence for the rococo style, but were also produced beyond this period until the late eighteenth century. The rest of the surface is covered with a pale turquoise-blue 'petit verd' ground, which was les common than the more vibrant 'bleu céleste'.