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Small tray, cup and saucer (déjeuner carré)

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
ca. 1765–70
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Tray, Overall: 1 1/4 x 5 13/16 in. (3.2 x 14.8 cm); Cup, Overall: 2 5/16 x 3 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (5.9 x 9.4 x 7.1 cm); Saucer, Overall: 1 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (3.2 x 13.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass Gift, in honor of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.295a–c
Not on view
The fascination with the decorative and artistic qualities of hardstones (pietre dure) was a strong current in European court and aristocratic taste in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, and the Sèvres porcelain manufactory acknowledged this taste by occasionally using imitation hardstone surfaces to decorate its products. One of its most ambitious attempts at reproducing the appearance of hardstones can be seen in this cup and saucer with matching tray, which simulate malachite and jasper on a porphyry ground. A less complex but equally elegant decoration is found on the cup and saucer painted to imitate lapis lazuli.
Marking: Painted in underglaze blue enamel on underside of each: [1] Crossed Ls (Sèvres factory mark)

Incised on underside of cup: [2] TB and 3

Incised on underside of saucer: [3] 6

Incised on underside of tray in corner: [4] J
[ sale, Christie's, New York , October 21, 2005, lot 120; sold to Dalva ] ; [ Dalva Brothers, Inc. , New York, 2005–6 ] ; [ Dragesco-Cramoisan , Paris, 2006–8; sold to MMA ]
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