Cup and deep well saucer

gobelet et soucoup enfoncé

Manufactured by Sèvres Manufactory (France), Painted by Pierre-Joseph Rosset aîné (French, active at Sèvres 1753–1799)

Object Place: France


Overall (cup): 8.9 x 10.8 x 8.9 cm (3 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.) Overall (saucer): 4.2 x 15.4 cm (1 5/8 x 6 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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The bucket-shaped cup tapers towards the base and has an ear-shaped handle composed of two interlacing branches with leaf terminals. The saucer has a broad flange which rises slightly towards the rim and a deep central well into which the bottom of the cup fits. The white ground is decorated with gold dots that decrease in size towards the base of the cup and towards the well of the saucer. The oval reserve on the cup and the two shaped reserves on the saucer are painted with landscapes that include figures and buildings. The reserves are framed by tooled gilt bands, and gilt dentil bands encircle the rims of the cup and the saucer.


Both pieces: interlaced Ls, painter's mark of a hatchet for Pierre-Joseph Roseet aîné (active at Sèvres 1753-99), both in blue enamel


By 1940, Symons Galleries, New York; December 11, 1940, Symons Galleries 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