The Wallace Collection

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Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Cup and Socketed Saucer
  • Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Guillaume Noël (1734 - 1804), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1764
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 8.8 cm
    Saucer, Height: 4.2 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 15.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'L' the date letter for 1764 Painted
    Painter's mark: The symbol for Guillaime Noël Painted
    Incised mark: 'LF' and 'I'
    Incised mark: 'I'
  • C441
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This cup and saucer would not have been used at the dinner table but intended to serve hot drinks in the bedroom or boudoir. They were used to serve tea and chocolate or for the milk drinks commonly prescribed to those suffering from fever, depression, or the effects of too much alcohol. For these milk diets hot or cold milk was mixed with water, wine, beer, herbal or savoury stocks and cereals. The deep-socketed saucer would have steadied the cup which suggests that this model was intended for the sick consuming drinks in bed. Introduced in 1762, it may have been specifically designed for Madame de Pompadour who was of increasingly poor health and is known to have bought several examples.
    The pieces are decorated with a blue-ground edge flecked with gilded dashes and unusual scrolled panels. The ones in blue are overlaid with sablé (sand-effect) gilding which recalls the lapis lazuli-effect marbling previously used at Vincennes, and the diaper-pattern gilding on the red ones seems to have been inspired by tortoiseshell piquéwork.