A Sèvres yellow-ground two-handled cup and saucer, circa 1793-1800
Lot 236
A Sèvres yellow-ground two-handled botanical cup and saucer, circa 1793-1800
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,876) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Sèvres yellow-ground two-handled botanical cup and saucer, circa 1793-1800
Goblet Etrusque et sa soucoupe, decorated with purple renaissance strap work and flower festoons picked out in gold, the central medallion on the saucer and two medallions on the cup enclosing botanical specimens, the saucer inscribed to the base Roses, the cup with Saponaire and altéa cup: 7.8cm high, saucer: 18cm diam, the cup with interlaced 'FR' and P7 under Sèvres in blue, painter's mark for Pierre le jeune, gilder's mark for Prevost, incised 44 (small chip to the inner edge of the cup) (2)


  • Provenance:
    Collection Docteur R., Anon. sale, Ader Tajan, Paris, 29 June 1994, lot 103;
    Christie's New York, 18 October 2002, lot 411

    For a discussion of the shape, inspired by Etruscan pottery and originally conceived by Louis-Simon Boizot for Marie-Antoinette's fantasy diary at Rambouillet, see Linda H. Roth and Clare Le Corbeiller, French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum, The J. Pierpont Morgan Collection (2000) cat. no. 119.

    Jean-Jacques Pierre, le jeune is recorded at Sèvres between 1763-1800 working as painter specialising in flowers and patterns, Henri-Martin Prevost is recorded at Sèvres between 1757-1797, working as a gilder.

    Saponaire is a plant used by farmers as a natural soap, it secretes a foamy substance. Altéa is part of the hibiscus family.
  1. Nette Megens
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