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Gobelet 'Hébert' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'Hébert' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1760
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 6.4 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 13.6 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlacing L's enclosing 'h' the date letter for 1760
    Painter's mark: ♂ Unidentified
    Incised mark: 'gc' and 'I'
    Incised mark: 'j'
  • C344
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • 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.
    The popular ‘Hébert’ cup, named either after one of Louis XV’s secretaries or the luxury dealer Thomas-Joachim Hébert, was introduced at the factory in 1752 and remained in production until the 1770s.
    This set is decorated with intricate heart-shaped sprays of flowers by an unidentified painter (the mark is a circle with an arrow emerging from it at an oblique angle).