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Gobelet à la reine et soucoupe: C.10.2 & A-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Gobelet à la reine et soucoupe


Factory: Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain cup and saucer, decorated with a bleu lapis ground, and painted in enamels with two flying birds in each of the reserves, and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with an underglaze bleu lapis ground, painting in blue, green, yellow dark pink, pale purple, and grey enamels, and gilding. The cup is of a truncated conical form with a harp-shaped handle. The circular saucer has a flat base and deep sloping sides.There is a small hole for suspension in the base of the saucer. Both pieces have a bleu lapis ground. On the cup there are two heart-shaped reserves framed by trellis work, flowers and foliage in gold, and painted in polychrome with two flying birds. In the reserve on the side away from a right-handed drinker, one bird carries a branch in its beak. The saucer has a circular reserve, similarly framed and painted in polychrome with two flying birds. There are dentilated gilt bands round the rim of the saucer, round the foot and rim of the cup, and lines of gilding down the sides of the handle, and paired stylized leaves, a flowerhead, and groups of dots down its back


History note: Acquired by Louis C.G. Clarke, Cambridge, before October 1948

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Place(s) associated

  • Vincennes ⪼ Val-de-Marne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-18th Century
Louis XV
Circa 1753 CE - 1754 CE


It has been suggested that the y which usually occurs well away from the factory mark on pieces dating from about 1752-8, might be the mark of Pierre-François Yvernel who worked for the factory from 1750-9. (See Eriksen and de Bellaigue, 1987, p. 154, chart, no. 135, and p. 167, no. 135. But there is no evidence to confirm this. After 1758 a Y or y was used by Edme-François Bouillat, usually to the right of the factory mark.

The incised mark '4' occurs frequently from 1753 on Vincennes and Sèvres porcelain in either an open or a closed form, (here it is almost closed). It also occurs on C.14 & A & B-1961, covered cup and saucer, 1756 and C.20.2-1961, jug, 1759.

This form was made from at least 1752 when it was mentioned in the factory's stock inventory taken in October. It was made in two sizes, and some examples have a cover. The second size had been introduced by July 7 1753 when mentioned in the glost firing records. Earlier the same form appears to have been known as a gobelet à cuvier, i.e. tub-shaped. The sales records in 1753 record 'Goblet a la reine lapis oiseaux coloré' with saucers being sold at 36, 48 and 60 livres. This example bears the date letter A assigned in 1845 to 1753, more recently to late 1753/1754. Peters (see Documentation) proposed in 2014 that it should be assigned to 1754.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of underglaze blue ground ( bleu lapis) enamels ( blue, green, yellow dark pink, pale purple, and grey enamels) gold
Saucer Diameter 16.2 cm Height 3.8 cm
Cup Rim Diameter 8 cm
Cup Height 7.7 cm
Cup Including Handle Width 10.9 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced Ls enclosing A
  • Location: On base of cup in the middle
  • Method of creation: Thickly painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: y
  • Location: On base of cup near the edge
  • Method of creation: Thinly painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: the blue has smudged

  • Text: interlaced Ls
  • Location: On base of saucer in the middle
  • Method of creation: Thickly painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 4
  • Location: On base of cup and saucer near their edges
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.10.2 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 82538
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 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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