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Cup - The Garrick Service

The Garrick Service

  • Object:

    Cup

  • Place of origin:

    Sèvres (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1764 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thévenet, Louis-Jean père (painter)
    Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with funds from the Capt. H.B. Murray Bequest and with the support of the V&A Director's Circle

  • Museum number:

    C.65-2011

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 3, case CA8

This tea service was bought by the famous actor, playwright and theatre manager, David Garrick (1717-1779), on a visit to Paris in 1764-1765. The tea service was made by the French royal porcelain manufactory at Sèvres. The fluted design is called 'cannelé', and was used on a range of Sèvres teaware shapes from 1754. The fluted sugar bowl was first introduced in 1764, so represents the latest fashion.

The set was probably put together by a luxury goods merchant, or marchand-mercier. The merchant would have ordered the veneered box, lined with watered silk, and probably bought the porcelain directly from Sèvres. The slop bowl, which would have been used for the dregs from cups, is very unusual in a French tea service of this date, and suggests the set may have been put together with its English client in mind.

Physical description

Cup (gobelet 'cannelé') of the second size, soft-paste porcelain with vertical gadrooning, an ear-shaped handle, indented at the base and with an undulating rim. It is painted in enamels and gilded with a pattern of alternating red hop staves and trailing berried hops, with a blue (beau bleu) border around the rim.

Place of Origin

Sèvres (manufactured)

Date

1764 (made)

Artist/maker

Thévenet, Louis-Jean père (painter)
Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

Interlaced Ls enclosing date letter 'L'

'!'
Painter's mark for Louis-Jean Thévenet

'I' 'C'
Incised marks

Dimensions

Height: 60 mm, Width: 80 mm, Depth: 57 mm

Object history note

Due to an illness during the return journey of his European tour, David Garrick remained in Paris from late August or early September 1764 until his departure and return to London in April 1765. He likely ordered his tea service during that time, probably from a marchand-mercier.

Descriptive line

Cup (gobelet 'cannelé'), of the second size, painted porcelain in enamels and gilded, manufactured by Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, France, 1764

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Carola Oman, David Garrick (Hodder & Stoughton, 1958), p. 256.
Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection: catalogue of Sèvres porcelain, 3 vols. (London: Trustees of the Wallace Collection, 1988), p. 560-563.

Labels and date

Tea set in travelling case
1764–65

This tea set, probably assembled by a Parisian merchant, was owned by the English actor, playwright and theatre manager David Garrick. The slop bowl, used for the dregs from cups, was very unusual in French tea services, suggesting the set may have been put together specifically for its English owner. It was made from a combination of old stock and new shapes with the same decoration.

France (Paris)
Made at the Sèvres factory
Porcelain painted with enamels and gilded
Case: oak veneered with tulipwood; watered silk lining
Purchased with funds from the Captain H.B. Murray Bequest and with the support of the V&A Director’s Circle [09/12/2015]

Materials

Porcelain; Enamel

Techniques

Glazed; Fired; Painted; Gilded

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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