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Cup and saucer
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Cup and saucer


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Description This single-handled, cylindrical cup would have been used to consume tea; however, coffee and hot chocolate were also served in cups like this one. The deep saucer allowed an individual to pour out his or her hot beverage, allowing it to cool. One would then drink directly from the bowl-like plate. The word “litron” refers to a wooden cup (9.4 cm high and 10.3 cm in diameter) used in the 17th century as the standard measure of grain, flour, salt, and peas. While this particular gobelet ‘litron’ does not conform to these proportions, its cylindrical shape recalls the old wooden vessel. This porcelain set features a cobalt-blue ground color, a finishing that was popular at the close of the 18th century. An ornate gilt pattern of scrolls and garlands rings both the cup and saucer, which each feature large reserves, or areas reserved for imagery, presenting picturesque landscape vistas populated by peasants.
Inscriptions [Factory Mark] Blue “RF” monogram and “Sevres” on bottom of cup; [Artist Mark] Blue axe for Pierre-Joseph Rosset on bottom of cup; [Gilder Mark] Black “IN” for Jean Chauvaux le Jeune on bottom of cup; [Sticker] Small, brown, rectangular with “78” printed in black ink affixed to interior of cup; [Factory Mark] Blue “RF” monogram and “Sevres” on bottom of saucer; [Artist Mark] Blue axe for Pierre-Joseph Rosset; [Gilder Mark] Black “IN” for Jean Chavaux le Jeune on bottom of saucer; [Sticker] Small, brown, rectangular with “78” printed in black ink affixed to bottom of saucer; [Sticker] Torn with red boarders and “107” written in pencil affixed to bottom of saucer.

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Period
1793-1800
Medium
porcelain
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.689
Measurements
Cup (A) H: 2 11/16 × W with handles: 3 1/2 × D: 2 9/16 in. (6.8 × 8.9 × 6.5 cm); Saucer (B) H: 1 5/16 × Diam: 5 3/8 in. (3.4 × 13.6 cm); Overall Cup & Saucer (A & B) H: 3 1/16 × Diam: 5 3/8 in. (7.8 × 13.6 cm).
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