Cup and saucer
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)
Object Place: Europe, Sevres, France
Overall (cup): 6.1 x 9.3 x 7.3 cm (2 3/8 x 3 11/16 x 2 7/8 in.) Overall (saucer): 3.1 x 13.4 cm (1 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold
Not On View
Each cup is cylindrical in form and tapers slightly at the base to form the footring. The ear-shaped handle has foliate terminals. The saucer is in the shape of a shallow bowl. The three cups and saucers are decorated with a pale turquoise (petit verd) ground and the reserves are painted with birds in landscapes. Each reserve is framed by tooled gilt flowers and scrolls. The rims of the cups and saucers are decorated with gilt dentil bands, the footrings of the cups bear simple gilt bands, and the handles of the cups are decorated with gilding at the shoulder, along the sides, and at the foliate terminals.
Cup: interlaced Ls enclosing date letter H, painter's mark of a scrolling N of Francois-Joseph Aloncle (active at Sevres 1758-81) below, both in blue enamel; incised OO. Saucer: painted marks as above, incised reversed S.
Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection