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

Manufactory Sèvres Manufactory French
Attributed to Charles-Louis Méreaud French

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.

Cup with cover and tray (gobelet à lait et corbeille carré), Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present), Soft-paste porcelain, French, Sèvres

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