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Gobelet 'litron' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'litron' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Antoine Didier (born 1756/7), Painter
    Louis-François Lécot (1741 - 1800), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1788
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7.5 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 14.9 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing interlaced Ls, possibly a conceit for LL, the date letter for 1788 Painted
    Painter's mark: A cross of Lorraine for Charles-Antoine Didier Painted
    Gilder's mark: 'L.' for Louis-François Lécot Painted
    Gilder's mark: 'L' for Louis-François Lécot Painted
    Incised mark: '36, f' (?)
    Incised mark: '3'
    Incised mark: '36'
  • C353
  • Study
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Porcelain cups and saucers were an adequately luxurious means for serving costly drinks like tea, coffee and chocolate, but from the 1760s there was also a fashion for collecting differently decorated pieces. Especially examples of this model, which were often elaborately decorated or made in miniature size, were probably made for display rather than use.
    The dog painted on this cup is after a sketch by Alexandre-François Desportes of a dog called ‘Nonette’, painted for the marquis de Livry in 1711. A collection of oil sketches and drawings by the animal painter Desportes was bought by Louis XVI in 1784, and subsequently given to the Sèvres manufactory. The scene on the saucer, taken from an engraving after Jean-Baptiste Huet, was painted by the Sèvres artist Charles-Antoine Didier, who seems to have specialised in animal subjects but whose skills also included colouring Sèvres porcelain false teeth.