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Cup and saucer

ca. 1806
Austrian, Vienna
Hard-paste porcelain
Cup: h. 6.2 cm; saucer: diam. 13.5 cm
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 951
The turner’s number 11 is presumably that of Thomas Mitterer, although it is recorded as in use by him only from 1812. The pairing of a representation of Eros with a couplet by Voltaire appears to have originated with an engraving by Jean Daullé, published in 1755, of a painting of 1746 by Charles-Antoine Coypel. It continued with the inscribed pedestals for examples of Étienne-Maurice Falconet’s 1757 model of Cupid produced in biscuit porcelain at Sevres. The source of this figure is unidentified.

Catalogue entry from: Clare Le Corbeiller. The Robert Lehman Collection. Decorative Arts, Vol. XV. Wolfram Koeppe, et al. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2012, pp. 185-86.
Marking: Marks: shield in underglaze blue (Vienna factory mark) on each; impressed numbers
806, 3(?)1 on cup; [illegible] impressed mark and trace of gold painter’s mark on cup; impressed numbers 806 and 11 on saucer.
Robert Lehman, New York
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