The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Gobelot 'Calabre' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelot 'Calabre' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Vincennes
  • Tabary (born 1710), Painter
  • Vincennes, France
  • 1754
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7.8 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 14.4 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls In underglaze blue
    Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'A' the date letter for 1754 In underglaze blue
    Painter's mark: A diamond for Tabary In overglaze blue
    Inscription: 'hox' or 'roy' In black enamel
  • C360
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • 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 was making a wide range of tea wares, many models of the early 1750s remaining in production for the rest of the century.
    The ‘gobelet Calabre’ was introduced in 1752 and is still in production today. Its deep saucer could be used for cooling liquid from the cup, and as a drinking dish.
    These are two of the earliest pieces of Vincennes porcelain in the Wallace Collection. They are decorated with a dark blue 'bleu lapis' ground and painted with birds among flowers and shrubs, framed by elaborate gilded cartouches.

    In June 1754 the dealer Lazare Duvaux sold two cups and saucers of an unspecified model, decorated with a blue ground and birds, to Louis XV.