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Cup with cover and saucer (gobelet à lait et soucoupe)

Factory:
Vincennes Manufactory (French, ca. 1740–1756)
Decorator:
Louis-Jean Thévenet (père) (French, 1707–after 1778, active 1741–78)
Date:
1755–56
Culture:
French, Vincennes
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Cup with cover (.174a,b): H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) Saucer (.175): Diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Accession Number:
50.211.174a, b–.175
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
When this design was introduced at Vincennes in 1752, it was described as a "milk cup and saucer," and it may have been intended only for hot milk drinks. The presence of a cover, however, would have made it appropriate for serving hot chocolate as well. The swirling, asymmetrical use of the turquoise ground color must have appeared startlingly original when this cup and saucer were made.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside of each: [1] Crossed L's enclosing C; Painted in blue enamel on underside of saucer: [2] Baton (painter's mark); Incised on underside of cup: [3] Script N and 3; Incised on underside of saucer: [4] 2
[ Gaston Bensimon , New York, before 1950; sold to Mr. Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson
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