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Cup with cover and tray (gobelet à lait et corbeille carré)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Attributed to Charles-Louis Méreaud (French, active 1756–80)
Date:
1764
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Cup: 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm); Tray: 6 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (16.5 × 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.180a, b, .181
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 539
This type of cup was intended for serving milk, probably served warm due to the presence of a cover. The milk might have been mixed with different ingredients in order to cure various ailments; the stand could be used to hold slices of bread. The painter Méreaud specialized in the type of decoration found on this cup and stand, which employs dense patterns that recall textile designs.
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside of tray: [1] Crossed Ls enclosing L (factory mark and year letter for 1764); [2] a comma (decorator's mark); Incised on underside of tray: [3] an ampersand
Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
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