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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
  • 1760 - 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 1760-1761 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, the cup and saucer ‘feuille de choux’ (cabbage leaf), was introduced in 1756 and may have been in production until 1767.
    Most examples of this shape are decorated with a ground colour, except for the cabbage leaves which are left white and painted with flowers or birds as on this example. ‘Feuille de choux’ table wares were introduced from 1753 and dinner services with this decoration were in favour for the rest of the century.