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Plateau 'losange à jour à anses', two gobolets 'Hébert' et soucoupes of the second size, pot à sucre
  • Tea Service
  • Plateau 'losange à jour à anses', two gobolets 'Hébert' et soucoupes of the second size, pot à sucre
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Eloi Asselin (1743 - 1804), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1766
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Tray, C391, Size: 36.9 x 27.8 cm
    Cups, C392-3, Height: 6.4 cm
    Saucers, C392-3, Diameter: 13.4 cm
    Sugar bowl and cover, C394, Height: 9 cm
    Teapot and cover, C395, Height: 12.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'N' the date letter for 1766 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'A' for Charles-Eloi Asselin Painted
    Incised mark: 'AR' and 'L'
    Incised mark: 'F'
    Incised mark: '6'
    Incised mark: '3'
    Incised mark: 'I'
  • C391-5
  • Back State Room
Commentary
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  • A ‘déjeuner’ was a small tea set on a tray, including cups and saucers and sometimes other items used for breakfast.
    This set pairs a ‘gobelet Hébert et soucoupe’ and a ‘pot à sucre Hébert’, both with typically pear-shaped outlines (for other ‘Hébert’ wares, see Museum Nrs. C254, C255, C455), with a lozenge-shaped tray. This model is known to have been used exclusively for déjeuners like this one, occasionally also including a milk jug.
    All pieces are decorated with a dark green ground and painted with children in bucolic settings (mostly based on engravings after François Boucher) and a peasant couple on the tray (taken from Laurent Cars’s engaving after a work by Jean-Baptiste Greuze). These scenes were painted by Charles-Eloi Asselin (op. 1765-98, 1800-4), who often made significant changes to the original sources. Here, Greuze's moralising painting of a woman cheating on her blind husband is turned into an idyllic outdoor scene to decorate the tray.