A Soft-Paste Sèvres Porcelain Cup & Saucer from Pavlovsk, circa 1780
This gobelet Litron et soucoupe is of the second size and has a very bold pattern of neo-classical gilding over the blue (bleu nouveau) ground colour. The painted scenes are amusing, showing a child’s toy on the saucer of a wooden doll neatly bandaged which has inspired the mischievous child depicted on the saucer as she tries to bandage the family pet who is becoming highly frustrated.
This cup and saucer bears the inventory label found on pieces from Pavlovsk Palace, near St. Petersburg, Russia. It is therefore one of the many outstanding Sèvres pieces purchased in 1782 by the ‘Comte and Comtesse du Nord’ when they visited Paris. They were the Crown Prince Paul of Russia and his wife Maria-Feodorovna who were travelling incognito across Western Europe in 1781-82 and purchased substantial fine furnishings for the home they were then building, Pavlovsk. Many pieces were sold from that collection in the 1920’s.