The Wallace Collection

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Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Covered Cup and Socketed Saucer
  • Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
    Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux (born 1730), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1777
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup and cover, Height: 12 cm
    Saucer, Height: 3.9 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 15 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls with 'Z' the date letter for 1777 Painted in brown
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin
    Gilder's mark: '#' for Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux Painted in gilding
    Incised mark: '6' and '48' on the cup
    Incised mark: '6'
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  • Study
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • This cup and saucer would have been used to serve tea and chocolate, or the milk drinks commonly prescribed to those suffering from fever, depression and the effects of too much alcohol. The deep-socketed saucer would have steadied the cup, which allowed the owner to consume drinks in bed. Introduced in 1762, the model may have been specifically designed for Madame de Pompadour who was of increasingly poor health and bought several examples.
    Both pieces are decorated with a blue ‘beau bleu’ ground, overlaid with rich gilding of falm fronds and wreaths of flowers and laurel. The painted harbour scenes are by Jean-Louis Morin who specialised in this subject. Some of the equipment bears inscriptions, including ‘no 45’ on a bundle and ‘x/91 […?]’ on a barrel. The meaning of these has not yet been identified.