The socketed saucer (soucoupe enfoncé) provided stability by means of the deep well in which the cup sat. This type of cup, likely intended for milk drinks, was probably also used for hot chocolate; a 1771 French catalogue refers to this form as a chocolate cup. It is now thought that the gobelet et soucoupe enfoncé was for use by the sick. It was probably designed for Madame du Pompadour (d. 1764), the only purchaser of this specific type of cup and saucer during her lifetime. Later examples were acquired primarily by the French royal family or by members of the court.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Crossed Ls enclosing M in blue enamel on underside (Sèvres factory mark and year letter for 1765)