Covered cup and saucer

about 1770–85
Made at Tournai Manufactory

Object Place: Europe, Belgium


9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain, decorated in underglaze blue, polychrome enamels, and gold

Not On View





The cup is pear-shaped, with a handle of two twisted, or interlacing, branches with lea terminals. The cover is gently swelled like the cup and has a rim that protrudes slightly over the upper rim of the cup. A puce rose with green foliage forms the finial. The exterior of the cup and cover and the inside of the saucer have white grounds with shaped, underglaze-blue borders edged and embellished with gold. Opposite the handle on the cup and in the center of the saucer are large ships flying the Dutch Rag. On the cup, to the left of the ship, which is in full sail, is a small wooden dock on which two figures converse. At the end of the dock is a hoist with rungs, and to the left is a tree and some tall grass near the edge of the water. To either side of the sparsely gilded handle are small polychrome floral sprays. The ship on the saucer is at anchor, and its sails are raised and tied. The far edge of the water is bordered by rocks and tall bushes. On the cover just under the front of the rose is a small fishing boat, in full sail. A standing figure is visible near the stern. Polychrome floral sprays are painted on either side of the rose finial.


(1) on base of cup, in blue enamel: a stork; incised: script P

on base of saucer:
(2) in blue enamel: a stork
(3) incised: script g2


1957, purchased in Amsterdam by Rita and Frits Marcus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Marcus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus