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Gobelet Hébert et Soucoupe: C.33 & A-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Gobelet Hébert et Soucoupe


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Le Guay, Etienne-Henry




Soft-paste porcelain cup and saucer, painted in enamels with linked panels of mosaic pattern, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain, painted in blue, green, yellow, dark pink, red, and pale purple enamels, and gilded. The cup has double curved sides and an entwined branch handle. The saucer is circular with curved sides. Both pieces have a suspension hole in the footring. The upper part of the cup and the inside of the saucer have a sablé d'or ground and are decorated with quatrefoil panels (three on the cup and four on the saucer) outlined in gold and painted with a blue, gold and red mosaic pattern. These are linked by pale purple ribbons and bows and swags of polychrome flowers. Below there are swags of green leaves and red berries The swags of leaves have been extended at two points on the cup to conceal defects in the glaze. On the saucer they form an eight-sided figure surrounding the centre. There is a band of gilding round the foot of the cup and dentilated bands round its rim and the edge of the saucer.


History note: Lionel de Rothschild; possibly sold CHECK CATALOGUE. Christie's, 27, 28,29 April 1942, at 18 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W.8, Catalogue of the Contents of the Mansion, The Property of the late Lionel Rothschild Esq., OBE, possibly Lot 233 (but says 1755), or lot 238 1767, but description not right); E.L. Paget Collection (no. 72 F); sold Sotheby's, 1 February 1946, Catalogue of Very Important English and Continental Porcelain, the Property of E.L. Paget, part of lot 56, and purchased by Spero (probably Alfred) for £38; sold to Louis C.G. Clarke, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.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, Mid#
Louis XV
Production date: AD 1767 : The saucer bears the date letter for 1767


The painter and gilder Le Guay was mentioned in the overtime records in 1767 as painting ‘mosaique colorée’, ‘frizes colorées du p[remi]er ordre’ and mouches d’or’ (AMNS 9, 1767) and in 1768’frizes riches’, regulieres’ and ‘ordinaires’ (AMNS F 10, 1768). (See Savill, Documentation, 1988, III, under Le Guay)

This is a gobelet Hébert and soucoupe of the second size. Objects described as 'Hébert' have double-curved (pear-shaped) outlines. The form was probably named after a Hébert, secrétaire du roi, who was a member of the committee which supervised the transfer of the Charles Adam Company to the Eloi Brichard Company in 1752-3 (see Documentation Savill, Vol. III, p. 983).Alternatively, it could have been after Thomas-Joachim Hébert, a marchand-mercier in the rue St Honoré. For the association of this type of cup with the name gobelet Hébert (see Documentation Eriksen, 1968).

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, dark pink, red, and pale purple) gold
Saucer Diameter 13.6 cm Height 3.5 cm
Cup Rim Diameter 7.5 cm
Cup Height 6.6 cm Width 9.7 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, dark pink, red, and pale purple enamels, and gilded.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced Ls
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: interlaced Ls enclosing O
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: the mark of the gilder Etienne-Henri Le Guay (1719/20-c.1799)

  • Text: LG
  • Location: On base of cup and saucer, below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: S 1O
  • Location: On base of cup and saucer
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: circular paper label with printed brown border printed in reserve ' .E.L. PAGET./COLLECTION' and hand-written in the middle in black ink '72/F.'

  • Text: .E.L. PAGET.COLLECTION and 72/F.
  • Location: On base of cup and on base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Printed in brown and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.33 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 93569
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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