Cup and saucer

Gobelet calabre et soucoupe

French
1757
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Painted by Pierre-Antoine Méreaud (active in 1754–1791)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1983.641a-b

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain (pâte tendre) with pink ground (fond rose), decorated with polychrome enamels and gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The cup has straight sides, which curve in slightly just above the foot ring; it is slightly wider at the top than at the base. The car-shaped, molded handle has foliate terminals and a molded leaf at the shoulder. The saucer has straight, canted sides; the base is turned to produce a foot ring not visible in the side elevation. The exterior of the cup and the interior of the saucer have a thick pink ground with an orange-peel texture. The reserved circular well of the saucer and oval panel on the cup opposite the handle are decorated with sprays of mixed flowers in natural colors, each with a rose and another large flower and a variety of smaller flowers, vines, and leaves. These panels are framed in scrolling leaves and flowers of burnished and chased gold heightened with puce. Both pieces have rounded gold dentil strings on the rims, and there is a gold band at the foot of the cup. The cup handle has gold banding and ornaments, and the foliate terminals and shoulder leaf are heightened with gold.

Markings

on base of cup:
(1) in blue enamel: interlaced Ls enclosing date letter E below painter's mark S; incised: 4
(2) incised: FR

on base of saucer
(3) in blue enamel: interlaced Ls enclosing date letter E below painter's mark S
(4) incised: cross within an oval

Provenance

Paris; 1956, Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus