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Coquetier sans pied ou petit coquetier: C.66-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Coquetier sans pied ou petit coquetier


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory


  • Egg cup
  • coquetier sans pied
  • petit coquetier



Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels with three sprays of flowers and leaves, and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain, painted overglaze in blue, green, dark pink, purple, and grey enamels, and gilded. The cup stands on a low foot. The white ground is painted with three sprays of polychrome flowers and leaves, with above and below, a blue band crossed at intervals by two short diagonal gold lines. There is a band of gilding round the foot and a dentilated band of gilding round the rim.


History note: Uncertain before Louis C.G. Clarke, LL.D, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Mid-18th Century
1757 CE - 1769 CE


Egg cups were made at Vincennes from 1753. The first examples had a circular foot and stem, resembling a small wine glass, which may have been impractical. A model and moulds for a smaller egg cup, described as 'petit coquetier' were made in 1756, probably for the model being sold in 1757. They were made in small numbers in the 1750s and became more popular in the 1760s. Egg cups were only rarely included in orders for services, for example a service purchased by M. de Laborde from the marchand-mercier Lazare Duvaux between 1 January and 1 July 1758 included three eggcups costing 24 livres, and a service for the Maréchal -duc de Richelieu bought through Mme Duvaux at the end of 1758 included two eggcups at 18 livres each (see Documentation, Peters, 2005).

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, dark pink, purple, and grey) gold
Foot Diameter 3.5 cm
Rim Diameter 4.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Soft-paste porcelain, thrown, lead-glazed, and painted overglaze in blue, green, dark pink, purple, and grey enamels, and gilded.
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.66-1961
Primary reference Number: 75771
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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