Description This cup and saucer were produced at Vincennes Manufactory, the precursor to the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres. Ornamented with a blue ground and one large white reserve, or area reserved for imagery, filled with two flying tropical birds, this set would have been used by aristocrats to consume tea, however coffee services featured this type of cup and saucer as well. If the hot beverage was too warm, one could pour the contents of the cup into the deep saucer, allowing the drink to cool, and drink directly from the bowl-like plate. In 1752 the Vincennes Manufactory began to decorate this type of cup and saucer with a dark blue ground color and imagery of tropical birds. When the Vincennes Manufactory became the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres in 1756, this type of porcelain set was still in production and in high demand.
Provenance William T. or Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Factory Mark] Intertwined blue Lls on bottom of cup with one blue dot on each of the four sides of the mark; [Date] Blue “C” for 1755 on bottom of cup; [Factory Mark] Intertwined blue Lls on bottom of saucer with one blue dot on each of the four sides of the mark; [Date] Blue “C” for 1755 on bottom of saucer; [Sticker] Torn with red boarders and “123” written in pencil affixed to bottom of saucer.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters
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