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Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Madame Noualhier (active between: 1762 - 1796), Painter, flowers
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1769
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 6.2 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 13.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'q' the date letter for 1796 Painted
    Painter's mark: 'V' for Madame Noualhier
    Painter's mark: 'V.' for Madame Noualhier
    Incised mark: 'da'
    Incised mark: 'OO'
    Incised mark: 'da'
    Label: '3' and possibly 'OO' Label torn, '3' printed
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  • The European cup for drinking tea evolved gradually during the first half of the eighteenth century, adapted from the Chinese porcelain tea bowls in which tea was originally drunk when it became fashionable in Europe at the end of the seventeenth century. By 1752, the Vincennes manufactory (the early name for Sèvres) was making a wide range of tea wares, many models of the early 1750s remaining in production for the rest of the century, like this one, the ‘gobelet Bouillard’, which was produced from1753 until the 1790s.
    Slightly squat and round with a scroll handle, it was often part of a ‘déjeuner’ - a set of tray, cups, saucers, milk jug and sugar bowl - but could also be sold in sets of matching cups and saucers only. It was usually for tea (some examples have matching teapots) and occasionally for coffee. A plain shallow bowl saucer is paired with it.
    This cup and saucer is decorated with a pale green 'pointillé' (dotted) ground and painted with cameo-like medallions, suspended from gilded oak-leaf garlands tied to pink ribbon bows. A cup with identical decoration and marks - probably its pair - is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.