Cup and saucer, from a Cabaret with tray and bowl/cover
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)
Object Place: Europe, Sevres, France
Overall (cup): 6.5 x 6.3 x 4.9 cm (2 9/16 x 2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in.) Overall (saucer): 2.1 x 9.2 cm (13/16 x 3 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold
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The oval tray has an undulating rim with six slight indentations. The rounded sugar bowl has an indented footring and a slightly domed cover with a flower knop. The straight-sided cup is indented at the base and has an ear-shaped handle; the saucer is in the shape of a shallow bowl. All of the pieces are decorated with a strong yellow ground and polychrome reserves of children in landscapes. On the tray a small boy seated by a girl plays with a bird cage and net; on the sugar bowl a boy holds a bunch of grapes and a girl lifts an apple from a basket; on the cup a seated boy holding a small sickle leans to strike an unseen target; on the saucer a seated girl holding a distaff spins yarn. All of the reserves are enclosed by gilt bands, and gilt dentil bands decorate the rims of the tray, the cup and saucer, and the sugar bowl.
All pieces (excluding cover): interlaced Ls enclosing date letter L, painter'smark of a horizontal line with three dots above for Andre-Vincent Vielliard p ere (active at Sevres 1752-90) above, a dot below, all in blue enamel. Stand: incised sp. Saucer: incised c. Cup: incised reversed S.
By 1943, Mrs. Henry Walters; December 4, 1943, Mrs. Henry Walters sold through Parke Bernet, New York, as no. 1011 [see note 1], 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)
 At this sale, the group (including 65.1882 and 65.1884a-b) was listed as a "Louis XV Sèvres Jaune Jonquille Porcelain Garniture, Painted by Vieillard [sic], dated 1763."
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection