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Goblet 'litron' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Goblet 'litron' et soucoupe of the second size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1774 - 1775
    probably 19th century (replacement saucer)
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 6.8 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 13.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'x' the date letter for 1775 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'M' for Jean-Louis Morin Painted
    Mark: A thick 'O' In underglaze blue
    Mark: A symbol for tin Gilded
    Incised mark: Indecipherable
  • C349
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • Cups and saucers of this model were normally used to serve hot drinks, but from the 1760s there was also a fashion for collecting differently decorated examples for display.
    The decoration of this cup is of high quality, featuring a 'beau bleu' ground and painted harbour scenes. Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754-87), one of Sèvres's most accomplished figure painters, was paid for decorating two ‘gobelets litron marines’ in 1774, which probably refers to this cup.
    The handle may be a design known as 'anse nouvelle à feuille', newly introduced at Sèvres in 1774.
    The saucer is a replacement. The colour and style of the painting are different and the gilding of poorer quality than on the cup. It was probably made at Sèvres in the eighteenth century, but decorated in the 19th century, perhaps in England.

    , on the cup by J.-L. Morin, and gilded.