Cup and Saucer

Gobelet Hérbert et soucoupe

Painted by Denis Levé (1754–1805), Painted by Andre-Vincent Vieillard, père (active 1752–1790)

Object Place: Europe, France


6.3 x 9.7 cm (2 1/2 x 3 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain (pâte tendre) with a pink (rose) trellis ground, decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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The cup is pear-shaped, with a handle of two twisted or interlacing branches with leaf terminals. The saucer has a live-lobed rim and a circular depression just fitting the foot of the cup. Both cup and saucer have a pink (rose) trellis ground, outlined with gold; the crossings are in the form of a square fringed with gold, shaded with puce. The rims and the symmetrically scrolled framing of the cartouche on the cup and the five-lobed framing of the well of the saucer are also pink outlined with gold and puce. Both pieces have rounded gold dentil edges and gold foot rings (the gold on the cup is largely gone). The handle is also partially gilded. The cartouche on the cup is painted in polychrome with a boy seated on a rock in a landscape, with a beehive to his left; in his right hand he holds a branch with which he is fighting off a swarm of bees. In the well of the saucer are a flowering shrub in a pot and an overturned watering can in a landscape, all in polychrome. The interstices of the trellis are painted with a great variety of flower sprays in natural colors.


(1) on base of cup, in blue enamel: interlaced Ls enclosing date letter E; incised: oo
(2) on base of saucer, incised: 6

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus