A Soft-Paste Sèvres Porcelain Ice Cup made for Madame du Barry, 1771

With the factory mark in blue.

From the service ordered by Madame du Barry in 1770.  The design attributed to Augustin de Saint-Aubin survives in the Bibliothèque de l’Institut, Paris.  This is the first service bearing the owner’s monogram made at Sèvres, and also the first to feature neoclassical vases.  It was delivered to Madame du Barry on 29 August 1771, and was probably used for the inaugural reception which she gave for Louis XV at the Pavillon de Louveciennes in September of that year.  The service is next mentioned in her posthumous inventory in 1794, and pieces are now in various museum collections all over the world.

There were originally 28 tasses à glace in the service delivered to Madame du Barry on 29 August 1771.

Height 6.5cm
Width 6cm
Depth 7.5cm


Private Collection, UK, 2023