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Pot à jus or pot à crème: C.66 & A-1950

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pot à jus or pot à crème


Mennecy Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain custard cup and cover, lead-glazed, and painted in enamels with floral sprays.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, rose-pink, and purple enamels. The underside of the rim of the cover is unglazed. The bulbous cup stands on a footring and has a loop handle. The domed cover has a finial in the shape of a rose bud on a leaf. The exterior of the cup and cover are entirely covered with shallow slanting fluting. The cup is decorated with one large floral spray including a rose and tulip, and two smaller floral sprays; the cover with one large spray including a rose, one small spray and two leaves. The knob is painted in pink and green. There is a rose-pink line round the edge of the cover and patches of pink on the handle.


History note: Uncertain before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mennecy ⪼ Essonne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Mid 18th Century
Louis XV
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 1760 CE


In England this form is usually described as a custard cup, but in France was known as a pot à jus (meat jus or gravy pot) or later in the 18th century as a pot à crème. The strong rose pink is typical of Mennecy, and was used round the edges instead of gilding which was reserved to the royal factory at Sèvres.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, and rose-pink) Cover: Diameter 5.9 cm
Handle To Rim: Width 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, lead-glazed, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, and rose-pink enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the D and V are sloping inwards slightly, not side by side

  • Text: D,V
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.66 & A-1950
Primary reference Number: 82395
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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