Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cup and saucer (gobelet litron et soucoupe)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
François-Marie Barrat (French, active 1769–91, 1795–96)
Decorator:
Gilded by Jean-Pierre Boulanger (1722–1785, active 1754–85)
Date:
1776
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height (cup [a]): 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Diameter (saucer [b]): 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Bequest of John L. Cadwalader, 1914
Accession Number:
14.58.137a, b
Not on view
This type of simple cylindrical cup with a steep sided saucer was the most common form of cup produced at the Sèvres factory. They were sold individually as well as in sets, and unusually elaborately decorated examples, such as this one, were sometimes sold for display rather than for use.
Marking: [1] Ls enclosing y in blue (Sèvres factory mark and year letter for 1776);
[2] FB in blue (decorator's mark for François-Marie Barrat);
[3] Script B in violet (gilder's mark for Jean-Pierre Boulanger);
[4] A cross potent (incised on cup)
John L. Cadwalader (until 1914; bequeathed to MMA)
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