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Gobelet couvert sans couvert, et soucoupe: C.24 & A-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Gobelet couvert sans couvert, et soucoupe


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Rousseau, Gabriel (Possibly)




Soft-paste porcelain cup and saucer, with an underglaze bleu lapis ground vermiculé d'or, the reserve on each piece painted in enamels with an infant on clouds, surrounded by a gilded border

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, decorated with an underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in blue, green, yellow, pale pink, dark pink, brown, and grey enamels, and gilding.The cylindrical cup curves inwards above the footring,and has an ear-shaped handle. The saucer has deep, curved sides, and stands on a footring with a suspension hole. Both pieces have a bleu lapis ground vermiculé d'or. The cup has an approximately semi-circular reserve on the front painted in polychrome with an infant holding a lyre and a laurel wreath, and sitting on a drapery amid clouds. The reserve has a scalloped gilt frame surrounded by a band of zig-zags. There are gold bands round the foot and rim, the latter dentilated on the interior; gold lines down the sides of the handle and on its back, three V shapes of graduated size each with five pendant leaves and two dots.The saucer has a central circular reserve painted in polychrome with a cupid holding an arrow, sitting amid couds. The reserve has a frame similar to that on the cup. There is a gold band round the rim, dentilated on the exterior.


History note: L.C.G. Clarke, MA, Cambridge, before October 1948

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, third quarter#
Louis XV
Production date: AD 1761 : The cup bears the date letter for 1761


The incised mark of a reversed S is found on cups and saucers in the 1750s and 1760s. See Documentation, Savill, 1988, III.

The putto or cherub holding the lyre and wreath is probably intended to be emblematic of Poetry (Poesie), as a putto in a different pose holding these attributes appears in prints of Boucher’s drawing La Poésie by G. Demarteau, L.-F. de La Rue, and G.L. Hertel after La Rue. A similar putto, with harp but not a wreath occupies a reserve on a covered cup in the British Museum (1948,12-3,47).

This is probably a gobelet couvert of the first size (6.4 cm -7 cm) lacking its cover with a handle of Savill's shape C found on gobelet litron, with a saucer of the first size of Bouillard shape. Although the name indicates that a cover should accompany the cup, Savill noted that gobelets couvert sans couvert were listed immediately after gobelets couverts in the Biscuit Kiln register on 10 September 1755 (Institute de France, MS 5673, fol. 43 previously 48)

When in Louis Clarke's collection, the painting was attributed to Sioux jeune, but the mark then thought to be his does no have a dot in the centre. Savill has suggested that it might be the mark of Gabriel Rousseau (see Documentation, Savill, 1988). It is found on pieces decorated with cherubs, children, pastoral and harbour scenes.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pale pink, dark pink, brown, and grey) gold
Saucer Diameter 13.5 cm Height 3.1 cm
Cup Rim Diameter 6.7 cm
Cup Height 6.8 cm Width 9 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced L's enclosing I
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: dot in a circle

  • Location: On base of both pieces, under factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: I
  • Location: On base of cup by footring
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: S reversed
  • Location: On base of saucer by footring
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: Sioux/jun./Date 1761
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded greenish-blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 73447
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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