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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
  • Christophe-Ferdinand Caron (1774 - 1831), Painter
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1792
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7.6 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 14.6 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'PP' the date letter for 1792
    Painter's mark: 'FC' for Christophe-Ferdinand Caron
    Painter's mark: '∙FC∙' for Christophe-Ferdinand Caron
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay In greyish-blue
    Incised mark: '48a'
    Incised mark: '34'
    Inscription: 'Venus et Adonis'
    Inscription: 'Mars et Venus'
  • C355
  • Study
Commentary
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  • From the 1760s there was a fashion for collecting cups and saucers for display rather than use, and these elaborately decorated pieces were probably made for that purpose. It is indeed a measure of the success of Sèvres that domestic items were considered works of art.

    The pieces show scenes from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' which are based on engravings after François Boucher: Venus and Adonis on the cup and Venus and Mars on the saucer. They were painted by Christophe-Ferdinand Caron (op. 1791/2-1815) and the wonderfully detailed gilding is by Etienne-Henry Le Guay (op. 1742-3, 1748-9, 1751-96), who was Sèvres’ most talented gilder despite having lost his left arm in a battle.