A Soft-Paste Sèvres Porcelain Lidded Cup and Saucer, circa 1761

With the factory mark which on the saucer encloses the date letter I for 1762.

The cup shape known as gobelet couvert was identified in the Wallace Collection catalogue, vol. II, p. 543 as distinct from a gobelet Litron couvert.  It differs from the Litron model by its indented base.  It was paired with either a Litron saucer, or as in this case, a Bouillard saucer.

The decoration, probably called ‘à palmes et fleurs’ was being produced by 1759, when Madame de Pompadour may have acquired a pair of cups and saucers and a sugar bowl with a green ground for cash.  It also may have been conflated with decoration described as ‘à rubans’, as proposed by Rosalind Savill in Everyday Rococo, vol. II, p. 708.

Height 9cm
Diameter 13.5cm


£ 9,250


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