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Soucoupe of the goblet 'litron' of the first size
  • Saucer
  • Soucoupe of the goblet 'litron' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Nicolas-Pierre Pithou (1750 - 1818), Painter
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1779
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Diameter: 14.8 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls Painted in mauvish grey
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay Painted in mauvish grey
    Incised mark: '43a'
  • C351
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • This remarkable saucer has a very unusual painting in its reserve. The still-life is taken from an engraving of a portrait of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England 1653-58. The matching cup (now lost) had a portrait of Cromwell. As a regicide and anti-Catholic he was an exceptional choice of subject for a royal manufactory like Sèvres, and the reason for his inclusion is unknown. He was not portrayed again until the Revolution.
    Both cup and saucer were bought from the factory by Louise-Jeanne de Durfort, duchesse de Mazarin in December 1779. They were separated at some stage before 1890, when the saucer was combined with another cup (museum number C365). The Cromwell cup was next listed in 1903 in the collection of Sir John Murray Scott - secretary and residuary legatee of Lady Wallace - with the saucer to C365.