The Wallace Collection

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Gobelet 'Calabre' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup
  • Gobelet 'Calabre' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Eloi Asselin (1743 - 1804), Painter
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1775 - 1780
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Height: 8.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls
    Painter's mark: 'A.' for Charles-Eloi Asselin
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay In mauvish-grey
    Incised mark: 'MC'
  • C365
  • Study
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  • The gobelet 'Calabre', named after a shareholder of the manufactory, was one of the most popular cup-models at Sèvres and is still produced today. Its original saucer was mixed up with that of another cup (see museum number C351) and removed by Lady Wallace’s legatee, Sir John Murray Scott, at some point.

    Covered with a dark 'beau bleu' ground and painted by Charles-Eloi Asselin (op. 1765-98, 1800-4) with children playing with a lamb, the wonderfully detailed gilded decoration is by Etienne Henry Le Guay (op. 1742-3, 1748-9, 1751-96). Despite having lost his left hand in battle, he was one of Sèvres’ most accomplished gilders.