Cup and saucer

Gobelet lizonné et soucoupe

about 1750
Made at Vincennes Manufactory (France)

Object Place: Europe, France


6.7 x 9.2 cm (2 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


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Both the beaker-shaped cup and the saucer are octafoil, the sides gently lobed and the rims undulating. The handle of the cup is especially interesting. It is in the form of a twig, attached at the top with a six-petaled rosette, then making two loops, one at the top, the other at the bottom before the final foliate terminal; there is a molded scroll on the top loop and a leaf in low relief on the shoulder. The rosette and foliate shoulder and terminal are gilded, and there is a gold band at the foot of the cup and on the rim of the saucer, with traces of gold on the rim of the cup. The principal painted decoration is in puce monochrome (camaieu pourpre) and consists of peopled landscapes with trees, rocks, and farmhouses; the cup shows two men standing on a river bank; the saucer also shows two men near a river, one seated, the other reclining. There are many birds in the sky, some covering pinhole-sized flaws in the glaze.


on base of cup:
(1) in blue enamel: interlaced Ls enclosing a dot
(2) incised: unidentified mark
(3) in blue enamel: interlaced Ls enclosing a dot
(4) incised: c


By 1961, Rita and Frits Markus; 1982, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus