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Théière 'Calabre'
  • Teapot and cover
  • Théière 'Calabre'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • François-Joseph Aloncle (1734 - 1781), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1763
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Height: 12.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'K' the date letter for 1763
    Painter's mark: 'N' for François-Joseph Aloncle
    Incised mark: A long-tailed 'a'
  • C379
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This egg-shaped model, with an ear-shaped handle and flower knop, was introduced in 1752. It was the most common teapot made at the manufactory, and remained in production until the 1780s. Like many early models introduced at Vincennes (the early place of production before it was moved to Sèvres in 1756), the model was named after a shareholder of the manufactory, in this case Pierre Calabre. Although the pots came in different sizes, they generally seem surprisingly small, especially given that they often came in a set with several cups to serve. The explanation may be that they contained a highly concentrated brew, which would then be diluted and cooled down in the cup.
    Decorated with a dark green ground, a flying bird has been painted on the spout, while birds in landscapes are shown on the front and back, framed by elaborate cartouches. The flower painting and gilding on the lid don’t match the rest of the decoration which indicates that the cover may be a later replacement.