Cup and saucer

about 1795–96
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Decorated by Guillaume Noel (French, active at Sèvres 1755–1800)


Overall (cup): 7 x 9.6 x 8.4 cm (2 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 5/16 in.) Overall (saucer): 3.9 x 16.1 cm (1 9/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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The cup tapers gently from the rim and indents above the everted foot. The ear-shaped handle bifurcates at mid-point. The saucer has
sloping sides a wide well, and rests on an everted foot. The lilac ground is decorated with tripod vases containing fruit (on cup) and
smoking incense burners (on saucer) painted in purple and gold which alternate with oval reserves containing military trophies in gold on
a platinum ground. Bordering the lilac ground at top and bottom is a band of pearls on a red and yellow striped ground. A garland of
polychrome flowers decorates the white ground above the foot of the cup and in the well of the saucer. the center of the well is painted
with a whorl medallion in black and gold on a pale blue ground within a circle of leaves and berries.


Cup:the letters RF in script intertwined, flanked by the letter A. and the number 4., painter's mark for Guillaume Noel above, Sevres below, in blue enamel; incised 40. Saucer: painted marks as above, paper label with number 43? (torn).


Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

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Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection