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Gobelet 'cannelé' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'cannelé' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Louis-Jean Thévenet (1707 - 1778), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1765
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 7.4 cm
    Saucer, Diameter: 13.5 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'M' the date letter for 1765 Painted
    Painter's mark: '!' for Louis-Jean Thévenet Painted
    Incised mark: 'Jc'
  • C373
  • 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 (the early name for Sèvres) was making a wide range of tea wares, many models of the 1750s remaining in production for many years.
    This model derives its name from the fluted (= cannelé in French) surface of both cup and saucer. While the saucer and several other models ‘cannelés’ were introduced 1753, the cup seem to not have been in production before 1764.
    The set is decorated with stripes of overglaze ‘bleu nouveau’ ground (introduced in 1763 to replace the earlier underglaze blue), alternating with stylised acanthus leaves, garlands of foliage and pendent husks. It was painted by Louis-Jean Thévenet, who seems to have specialised in decorating cups and saucers of this particular model.