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Gobelet Bouillard et Soucoupe: C.77 & A-1982

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Gobelet Bouillard et Soucoupe


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain cup and saucer, decorated with sprays of flowers and ribbon in blue enamel, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with blue enamel, and gilded. Cup of gobelet Bouillard form with loop handle. Circular saucer with curved sides. Both pieces have a suspension hole in the footrim. The cup is encircled by a horizontal ribbon about which three sprays of flowers are entwined. There are plain gold lines round the foot and down the sides of the handle and a dentilated gilt line round the rim. The inside of the saucer has a sprig in the centre encircled by a ribbon about which five sprays of flowers are entwined. There is a dentilated gilt line round the rim.


History note: Mrs R.M. Pollard, the donor's mother

Legal notes

Given by J.G. Pollard, MA in memory of Mrs R.M. Pollard.

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1982) by Pollard, J. G.


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Production date: circa AD 1770 : the cup bears the date letter for 1770


Teaware with this simple curved form was named after Antoine-Augustin Bouillard, a marchand-mercier who was a shareholder in the Charles Adam and Eloi Brichard companies, and made his last purhase from the factory in January 1759. (See Documentation, Savill, 1988, III, p. 970-1.) The gobelet Bouillard was first recorded in November 1753 and continued to be made until the 1790s. This example is of the first size with cup height 5.8 to 6.9 cm and saucer diameter 13 to 14.3 cm. Monochrome blue floral decoration on a white ground had been introduced at Vincennes, and sprays of trailing and twining flowers continued to be popular during the 1760s and 1770s on tableware and items for the toilette. Similar decoration can be seen on a pair of ice-pails of 1767 and a ewer and basin of 1771 in the Royal Collection. In his Catalogue of the collection Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue noted that overtime payments indicate that three painters made a speciality of this type of decoration: Charles Sioux, Nicolas Catrice, and Antoine-Toussaint Cornailles.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue) gold
Saucer Diameter 13.4 cm Height 3.2 cm
Cup Rim Diameter 7.1 cm
Cup Height 6.1 cm Width 9.4 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's with R below

  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: L I
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: script J B
  • Location: On base of cup next to suspension hole
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: cc.
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.77 & A-1982
Primary reference Number: 93768
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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