Cup and saucer

gobelet litron et soucoupe

French
1787
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Decorated by Guillaume Noel (French, active at Sèvres 1755–1800)


Dimensions

Overall (cup): 6 x 7.6 x 5.7 cm (2 3/8 x 3 x 2 1/4 in.) Overall (saucer): 2.9 x 12 cm (1 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.1879a-b

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The cylindrical cup has an ear-shaped handle and the saucer has deep sloping sides. The pale yellow ground of each is decorated with
scrolling arabesques painted in blue, orange-red, green, puce, and pink from which are suspended garlands of polychrome flowers.
Decorative borders of blue C-scrolls with elaboration in orange-red are painted near the rim and the base of the cup, the rim of the
saucer, and at the center of the saucer. Wide bands of untooled gilding decorate the rim and base of the cup and the rim of the saucer.

Markings

Cup: interlaced Ls enclosing date letters KK, painter's mark (draw) of Guillaume NOel, above, in blue enamel; incised 41. Saucer: painted marks as above; incised 46

Provenance

By 1951, Georges de Batz & Co., New York; August 1, 1951, Georges de Batz sold to Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection