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Tournai Teacup and Saucer

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Dates Circa 1765
Medium Porcelain
Origin Belgium
Description A rare Tournai low teacup and saucer finely painted with fables after Jean de la Fontaine.

Gold tower mark.

The cup is painted with the fable: The Fox and the Monkey: The Moral: The ill-natured rich reserve their store and delight in seeing their neighbours poor.

The saucer is painted with the fable: The Fox, The Wolf, and the Horse (on this saucer, only the Wolf and horse are represented) The Moral: Friends can betray you.

Jean de la Fontaine collected and wrote 12 separate books consisting of 239 fables.

Cup 4.5cm High

Saucer 12cm Dia.

Condition Cup with a filled crack and associated blemish.
Literature C. Dumortier & P. Habets, Porcelaine de Tournai, Scènes galantes et décors historiés, P. 125, fig.VIII.16. for the cup. Museum: Musée royal de Mariemont, Belgium: for a cup with this decoration. Inv. III.E.124.2