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Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size, Pot à lait 'à trois pieds' of the second size, Po
  • Cup and Saucer, Milk Jug, Sugar Bowl and Teapot
  • Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size, Pot à lait 'à trois pieds' of the second size, Po
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Louis-Jean Thévenet (1707 - 1778), Painter
    Possibly Claude Couturier (+1775), Painter, (saucer)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1775
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, C417, Height: 6.2 cm
    Saucer, C417, Diameter: 13.3 cm
    Milk jug, C418, Height: 9.9 cm
    Sugar bowl and cover, C419, Height: 9.7 cm
    Teapot and cover, C420, Height: 11.8 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'x' the date letter for 1775 Painted
    Painter's mark: '!' for Louis-Jean Thévenet Painted
    Painter's mark: A reversed '3', possibly for Claude Couturier Painted
    Incised mark: 'III'
    Incised mark: A cross-potent
    Incised mark: 'cl'
    Incised mark: 'da'
    Incised mark: 'Bl'
  • C417-20
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  • Such small porcelain sets were an appropriately lavish way to serve tea, since in the eighteenth century this was a costly and highly fashionable drink in Europe. The intricate pattern by Louis-Jean Thévenet (op. 1741/5-77) and Claude Couturier (op. 1762-75) also decorates a cup in the Victoria and Albert Museum, which probably belonged to this set.

    It may originaly have been supplied with a lacuer or papier-maché tray, which became an increasingly popular combination from the 1770s.