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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
  • Study
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Named after a shareholder of the manufactory, Pierre Calabre, this was the most common teapot made at Sèvres and it remained in production until the 1780s.
    Although they were made in different sizes, these pots 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 dotted 'pointillé' ground was chiefly popular from the late 1760s to the 1780s, while the cameo-like medallions by Jacques Fontaine (op. 1752-1800/7) illustrate the growing interest in antique art.