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Cup and Saucer


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This cup and saucer are decorated with fanciful scenes of China, a dominant theme in French 18th-century art that reflects the fascination, fear, and awe of that country at the time. The chinoiserie decoration of this cup and saucer deals with the theme of raising a child. On the cup, a mother plays with a young child; on the border of the saucer, an older child plays on his own, with animals; the center of the saucer shows a father gesticulating before an adolescent son, perhaps teaching him a lesson.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Factory Mark] On saucer, in blue: Intertwined Lls, crown; [Date] On cup in gold and on saucer in blue: FF (1783) and L
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1783
Medium
hard paste porcelain with gilding and enamels
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.649
Measurements
Cup H: 2 5/16 × W: 2 1/4 × D with handles: 3 1/16 in. (5.8 × 5.7 × 7.7 cm); Saucer H: 1 1/8 × Diam: 5 in. (2.9 × 12.7 cm)
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