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Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1822 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richard, Pierre Nicolas (gilder)
    Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain, enamelled and gilded

  • Museum number:

    999&A-1853

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 27, shelf 1 []

Physical description

Hard-paste porcelain cup and saucer, a garland of blue flowers with pink buds and green leaves enamelled on a white ground. Gilt borders of formal ornament, the interior and Empire-style handle of the cup also gilded. Marked, signed and dated.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1822 (made)

Artist/maker

Richard, Pierre Nicolas (gilder)
Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain, enamelled and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

Marked, signed and dated

Object history note

This cup was made during the reign of Louis XVIII (King of France and Navarre from 1814 until his death in 1824). The shape, handle and gilding patterns are still 'Empire' in style, but the floral border shows the new fashion which favoured naturalism and less rigid forms.

Historical context note

One of the first decisions taken by Alexandre Brongniart, when made director of the Sèvres factory in 1800, was to give up producing soft-paste porcelain, the material with which Sèvres had worked most in the previous century.

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer, hard-paste porcelain with blue flowers, pink buds and green leaves enamelled on a white ground, made by the Sèvres porcelain factory and gilded by Pierre Nicolas Richard, 1822

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

One of the first decisions taken by Alexandre Brongniart, when made director of the Sèvres factory in 1800, was to give up producing soft-paste porcelain, the material with which Sèvres had worked most in the previous century. This cup and saucer, made during the reign of Louis XVIII, has a shape, handle and gilding patterns which are 'Empire' in style, but the floral border shows the new fashion which favoured naturalism and less rigid forms. [1987-2006]

Materials

Hard paste porcelain; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelled; Gilded; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Porcelain; Ceramics; Drinking

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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