A Hard-Paste Sèvres Porcelain Cup & Saucer, 1772

With the factory mark in yellow under a crown for hard-paste.  Painter’s mark T for François Binet (active at Vincennes and Sèvres 1750-75), gilder’s mark 9. for Charles-Nicolas Buteux (active at Sèvres 1763-1801).

The incrusté technique which makes painted decoration appear directly next to the ground colour was first used in the mid 1760s with the bleu Fallot ground.  The decoration was applied first, onto the white porcelain, and the red colour here is not a ground colour, but an enamel colour which was carefully painted on to come right up to the edge of the vase, the flowers and the ribbons.  The application of gilt scrolls on top of the red makes it seem like a ground colour.

This is a fine example of how the Sèvres porcelain factory was experimenting with new colours as they mastered the use of hard-paste porcelain in the 1770s.

Diameter 12.5cm

11442

£ 6,800

 

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