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): 6.9 x 9.4 x 6.9 cm (2 11/16 x 3 11/16 x 2 11/16 in.) Overall (saucer): 3.5 x 13.7 cm (1 3/8 x 5 3/8 in.)

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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 reserves on which is printed Venus among garlands with Cupid offering fruit, flanked by interlaced festoons of pearls, gold and coral baguette jewels bordering oval medallions enclosing branches. Saucer decorated in like manner with round reserves with countryside scene, helmet-shield and torch in foreground. Painting in the manner of Boucher. Jewel imperfections on cup-one on base rim-two bordering right of oval painting. Saucer has three missing from base circle. Seven imperfections in festooning.


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