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Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size, Pot à lait 'à trois pieds' of the second size, Po
  • Cup and Saucer, Milk Jug, Sugar Bowl and Teapot
  • Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size, Pot à lait 'à trois pieds' of the second size, Po
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Louis-Jean Thévenet (1707 - 1778), Painter
    Possibly Claude Couturier (+1775), Painter, (saucer)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1775
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, C417, Height: 6.2 cm
    Saucer, C417, Diameter: 13.3 cm
    Milk jug, C418, Height: 9.9 cm
    Sugar bowl and cover, C419, Height: 9.7 cm
    Teapot and cover, C420, Height: 11.8 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'x' the date letter for 1775 Painted
    Painter's mark: '!' for Louis-Jean Thévenet Painted
    Painter's mark: A reversed '3', possibly for Claude Couturier Painted
    Incised mark: 'III'
    Incised mark: A cross-potent
    Incised mark: 'cl'
    Incised mark: 'da'
    Incised mark: 'Bl'
  • C417-20
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  • 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 early 1750s remaining in production for the rest of the century. Most cups and saucers could be used for tea, coffee or chocolate, often being sold with matching teapots or, more rarely, coffee pots.
    This tea service is decorated with a frieze of intertwined garlands and a chequer pattern of gilded squares, stars and flowers, which in similar form appears on other decorative arts objects in this period; the teapot’s spout shows gilded scolls and painted flowers.
    An identical cup and saucer in the Victoria and Albert Museum probably belongs to this set. It may originally have come with one of the varnished trays, which were freuently sold with Sèvres wares from the 1770s.