Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Gobelet 'Bouillard' et soucoupe of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Jacques-François Micaud (1732 - 1811), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • Date: 1767
  • Medium: Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Height: Cup, 6.3 cm
  • Diameter: Saucer, 13.5 cm
  • Inv: C358
  • Location: Back State Room
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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 early 1750s remaining in production for the rest of the century, like this one, the ‘gobelet Bouillard’, which was introduced in 1753 and remained in production until the 1790s. Slightly squat and round with a scroll handle, it was often part of a ‘déjeuner’ - a set of tray, cups, saucers, milk jug and sugar bowl - but could also be sold in sets of matching cups and saucers only. It was usually for tea (some examples have matching teapots) but could also be used for coffee. A plain shallow bowl saucer is paired with it.
    An example for the ornate painted decoration of the later 1760s, this cup and saucer are decorated with an elaborate frieze of rose garlands entwined with swags of leaves and berries, sablé gilded ground, and a striped pattern framing gilded roundels.