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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