Cup and saucer

French
1863
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)


Object Place: Europe, France

Accession Number

91.51a-b

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics

White ground, decorated with medallions; tall fountain in one, fountain in circular terrace in the other; blue and gold decoration; saucer has blue decoration and gold border.

Markings

Marks same as 6161. S.61 in green. = multiple hand-drawn marks = in pâte, also

Provenance

1870, gift in the name of the French Government from Maréchal Patrice de MacMahon, President of France (b.1808-d.1893) to Mary Frazier Curtis (d.1890); 1891, gift through her brother Laurence Curtis to the Committee of the 'Fair for the Relief of Sufferers in France' [see note 1]; gift of the Committee of the 'Fair for the Relief of Sufferers in France' to the MFA in 1891 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: March 3, 1891)

NOTES:
[1] Letter of March 3, 1891 from Laurence Curtis to Charles G. Loring: Curtis explains that this tea set was given to his sister, Mary Frazier Curtis, by the Maréchal de MacMahon, soon-to-be the President of France. Mary Curtis was the agent in charge of the distribution of the funds of the Committee for the Relief of the Sufferers of France from 1871. Curtis felt that it should be given to the Committee, of which Loring (Director of the MFA) was a member. A transcription and the original letter are both in the file.
[2] This gift is listed as a gift from the Committee of the 'Fair for the Relief of Sufferers in France' in the Annual Report for 1891 on p.42. The object is clarified as: "A set of Sèvres porcelain, twelve pieces, originally a gift from President Marshal McMahon to Miss Mary Frazer Curtis, the distributing agent of the Fund in Paris."

Credit Line

Gift of the Committee of the Fair for the relief of sufferers in France