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Gobelet à lait et soucoupe: C.14 & A & B-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Gobelet à lait et soucoupe


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain covered cup and saucer, painted in enamels and gilded, with a trellis pattern and flowers.

Soft-paste porcelain painted in green ground colour, and in blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and mauve enamels, and gilded. The cup is of truncated conical form with two loop handles with a longitudinal ridge, and a slightly domed cover with a knob in the shape of a multi-petalled flower and six leaves on a stalk. The saucer is circular with a flat base and deep, sloping sides. The cup, cover, and saucer are decorated all over with a trellis pattern of green and gold twisted ribbons, with sprays of polychrome flowers in the spaces. On the cover, the trellis is in the form of overlapping petal outlines radiating from the centre. The green and the gilding on the twisted ribbons is different from that on the other two pieces, and there are no yellow and orange flowers in the floral sprays. The flower knob is pink, and the leaves green. There is a plain band of gilding round the foot and scalloped bands round rim of the cup, cover, and saucer. The handles have a longitudinal twisted ribbon, and gold lines on the edges.


History note: Acquired before October 1948 by Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, LL.D. (1881-1960), Leckhampton, Cambridge

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (0191-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid#
Production date: AD 1756 : The saucer bears the date letter for 1756.


The cover does not match the other two pieces and is probably a later 'marriage'

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and mauve) gold
Saucer Diameter 18.6 cm Height 3.8 cm
Cup And Cover Height 12.4 cm
Cup Height 8.7 cm
Cup With Handles Width 14.4 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain painted in green ground colour, and in blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and mauve enamels, and gilded

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on saucer the mark is faint and slightly blurred

  • Text: interlaced Ls, enclosing a D
  • Location: On base of the cup and saucer in middle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: 4 on the left and ap further to the right

  • Text: 4 and ap
  • Location: On base of cup beside the footring
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: 4
  • Location: On base of saucer beside the footring
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14 & A & B-1961
Primary reference Number: 93545
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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