Cup and Saucer

gobelet litron et soucoupe

about 1780–85
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Decorated by Etienne-Henri Le Guay aîné, père (French, 1719-1799, active at Sèvres 1742–43, 1748–49, 1751–96)


Overall (cup): 6.8 x 9.4 x 6.9 cm (2 11/16 x 3 11/16 x 2 11/16 in.) Overall (saucer): 3.5 x 13.9 cm (1 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome and jeweled enamels and gold

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Royal blue ground, cup cylindrical with oval reserve with biblical scene- Prophet with seated shepardess, flanked by interlaced festoons of pearls, gold and coral baguette jewels, oval medallions enclosing branches. Saucer decorated in like manner with trophies and two doves with wording “A La Plus Belle”. Jewel imperfections on cup-one on festoon near handle, six on base ring, three on border tight of oval painting. Saucer- thirteen imperfections in festoons, twelve missing from circle bordering center painting.


Cup: interlaced Ls with the gilder's mark LG for Etienne-Henry Le Guay aîné, père (active at Sèvres, 1742-43; 1748-49; 1751-96) below, both in gold; incised marks partially obscured by old label. Saucer: painted marks as above; incised marks largely obscured by old label.


By 1905, Édouard Chappey, Paris. 1944, Duveen Brothers, New York; August 24, 1944, sold by Duveen 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