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Cup and Saucer (gobelet ‘litron’ et soucoupe)
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Cup and Saucer (gobelet ‘litron’ et soucoupe)


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Description This single-handled cylindrical cup and deep saucer would have primarily been used to consume tea; chocolate and coffee, however, were sometimes served in vessels like this one. 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 cup. This cup and saucer feature a yellow ground color, one of the most difficult glaze colors to manufacture and one of the most widely sought in the 18th century. When the Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory closed and re-opened in 1756 at Sèvres, becoming Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, yellow ground glaze was the first the factory produced. A rose-colored landscape, featuring pastoral structures, and peasants ring both the cup and saucer.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/27/1962Treatmentcleaned; repaired
Inscriptions [Factory Mark] Intertwined blue Lls on bottom of cup; [Date] Blue “jj” or “ii” designating 1786 or 1787 on bottom of cup; [Gilder’s Mark] Gold “2000” for Vincent le jeune on bottom of cup; [Artist Mark] Blue axe for Pierre-Joseph Rosset on bottom of cup; [Factory Mark] Intertwined blue Lls on bottom of saucer; [Date] Blue “jj” or “ii” for 1786 or 1787 on bottom of saucer; [Gilder’s Mark] Gold “2000” for Vincent jeune on bottom of saucer; [Artist Mark] Blue axe for Pierre-Joseph Rosset on bottom of saucer.

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Period
1786-1787
Medium
soft paste porcelain
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.677
Measurements
Overall Cup (A) H: 2 5/16 × W with handle: 3 × D: 2 3/16 in. (5.9 × 7.6 × 5.6 cm); Overall Saucer (B) H: 1 3/16 × Diam: 4 5/16 in. (3 × 11 cm); Overall Cup & Saucer (A & B): 2 7/16 × 4 5/16 in. (6.2 × 11 cm).
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Not On View

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