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Two gobelets 'litron' et soucoupes of the second size and Pot à lait 'à trois pieds' of the first si
  • Two Cups and Saucers and a Milk Jug
  • Two gobelets 'litron' et soucoupes of the second size and Pot à lait 'à trois pieds' of the first si
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Philippe Parpette (1736 - 1808), Enameller
    Probably Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1783
  • Soft-paste porcelain with jewelled enamelling, painted and gilded
  • Cup, C421, Height: 6.6 cm
    Saucer, C421, Diameter: 13.2 cm
    Cup, C422, Height: 6.6 cm
    Saucer, C422, Diameter: 13.4 cm
    Milk jug, C423, Height: 12.9 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls Painted in gilding
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls flanked by FF the date letter for 1783
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay
    Incised mark: '29' and '3'
    Incised mark: '29'
    Incised mark: '48a'
    Incised mark: '4'
  • C421-3
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  • These pieces were probably part of a larger tea service which was owned by the comte de Vergennes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and originally comprised four more cups, a sugar bowl, milk bowl and tea pot.

    Their intricate jewel-like decoration, set between bands of 'beau bleu' ground, was achieved by applying enamelled gold-leaf foils to the porcelain. This technique was perfected at Sèvres during the 1780s. Since the enamelling is very fragile it is likely that this cup and saucer would never have been used and were purely intended for display. It is a measure of the success of Sèvres that domestic items were considered works of art as soon as they left the factory.