Covered cup

gobeblet à lait

French
about 1785
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall (cup with cover): 15.3 x 16.8 x 12.2 cm (6 x 6 5/8 x 4 13/16 in.) Overall (saucer): 4.9 x 21.7 cm (1 15/16 x 8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1853b-c

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Related to saucer 65.1853a. The bucket-shaped cup has two ear-shaped handles and a domed cover surmounted by a flower knop. The saucer has deep sloping sides. The white ground is decorated with hexagons formed of turquoise and red oeil de perdrix linked by blue dots enclosing larger oeil de perdrix of gilt dots with burnished centers within circles of blue dots. A stylized flower painted with blue and red dots within gilt outlines is located in the center of the saucer. The reserves on the cup, cover, and saucer are painted with landscapes that include figures, buildings, and with one excception, a body of water. The flower knop is painted with landscapes that include figures, buildings, and with one exception, a body of water. The flower knop is painted naturalistically in yellow, carmine, and green. Gilt bands tooled with floral sprigs surround the reserves, the flower knop, and the stylized flower; simple gilt bands decorate the rims of the cup, cover, and saucer.

Markings

Cup: Incised reversed S and aR?. Stand: incised da

Provenance

By 1944, J.P. Morgan, New York [see note 1]; March 22-25, 1944, J. P. Morgan sold through Parke Bernet, lot 643 toForsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession date: December 24, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] J. P. Morgan inventory numbers P.M. 1622A and P.M.1622C in red enamel paint on bases of cup and stand; number on underside of cover mostly obliterated.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection