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Théière 'Calabre' size c
  • Teapot and Cover
  • Théière 'Calabre' size c
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jacques Fontaine (1735 - 1807), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1769
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Height: 11.6 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'Q' the date letter for 1769
    Painter's mark: Cross of dots for Jacques Fontaine
    Incised mark: 'Sp'
  • C381
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  • This egg-shaped model, with an ear-shaped handle and flower knop, was introduced in 1752. It was the most common teapot made at the manufactory, and remained in production until the 1780s. Like many early models introduced at Vincennes (the early place of production before the manufactory was moved to Sèvres in 1756), the model was named after a shareholder of the manufactory, in this case Pierre Calabre. Although the pots came in different sizes, they generally seem surprisingly small, especially given that they often came in a set with several cups to serve. The explanation may be that they contained a highly concentrated brew, which would then be diluted and cooled down in the cup.
    The teapot is has a pale blue ‘pointillé’ (dotted) ground, a decoration chiefly popular from the late 1760s to the 1780s. The painted decoration includes two cameo-like medallions in the antique style, suspended from gilded garlands and executed by Jacques Fontaine (op. 1752-1800/7).