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Gobelot 'litron' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelot 'litron' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Nicolas Dodin (1734 - 1803), Painter
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1781
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7.4 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 14.6 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced L enclosing 'dd' the date letter for 1781 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'k' for Charles Nicolas Dodin Painted
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay Painted in gilding
    Incised mark: '45'
    Incised mark: '11'
    Incised mark: '43'
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  • It is unlikely that this elaborately decorated cup and saucer would ever have been used. More likely, such wonderfully detailed examples were bought as works of art in their own right.

    Charles-Nicolas Dodin (op. 1754-1802/3) was one the finest artists working at Sèvres and he painted the charming military encampments on both pieces. Notice how on the cup the two soldiers are trying to gain the affections of the lady. The one in the bearskin hopes his strategy of entertaining her child will win the day; he has already given the boy his sword and a hat, and now is blacking his finger from the soot on the frying pan to give him a moustache like his own.

    The gilding by Etienne-Henry Le Guay (op. 1742-3, 1748-9, 1751-96) is of equally exquisite quality.