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Cup and saucer (gobelet litron et soucoupe)

Manufacturer: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

Decorator: François-Claude Philippine

Date: 1787
Overall (G83.1.1084.1-2): 4.7 x 6.7 x 4.8 cm (1 7/8 x 2 5/8 in., 4.8 cm)
Medium: soft-paste porcelain, enamel, and gold.
Credit Line: Gift of George and Helen Gardiner
Origin:France, Île-de-France, Sèvres
Object number: G83.1.1084.1-2
DescriptionSèvres coffee cup and saucer (gobelet litron et soucoupe). A small, cylindrical coffee can having a scroll handle heightened with gilt foliate devices and gilt edges, resting on a circular saucer with deep flaring sides. Each piece is decorated on a yellow ground with blue vase motifs filled with puce blossoms and green leaves. The panels are outlined with iron-red feathery scrolls enclosing floral swags, within bands of blue foliate garlands, purple dots and purple dentil design. The cavetto of the saucer centring a circular reserve enclosing a small tree and plants. The can and saucer are both enhanced with gilded rims.