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Sèvres Cup and Saucer

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Dates Circa 1765
Medium Porcelain
Origin France
Description A rare Sèvres hard-paste cup and saucer (Gobelet calabre et soucoupe) with the earliest experimental ‘Hannong’s hard-paste’. Decorated with a two colour gold inter-woven with small colourful flowers.

Interlaced ‘l’s in puce with decorators mark for Jacques-François-Louis de Laroche (Active 1758-1802) Painter - Flowers, ground colours and patterns.

The mark of perhaps Bertrand? (Active 1757-75) Painter - Flowers or Durand? (Active 1765-70) Painter

Literature: A. d’Albis, Dossier de L’Art: Sèvres 1756-1783 La conquête de la porcelain dure. “L’affaire Hannong et les premières cuissons de porcelain dure à Sèvres.” pp.12-19
In this article Antoine d’Albis discusses the first experimental hard-pastes at Sèvres. The chemist Paul Hannong with his sons coming from Strasbourg were commissioned by Sèvres to discover and experiment with a new hard-paste from about 1760. Their first success was perhaps in 1763.

A similar cup and saucer, Gobelet calabre is kept in the Museé de Sèvres, Cité de la Céramiques; It has a similar unusual and rare handle shape and two colour gilded swags. The early date of this piece is discussed in the article mentioned above.