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Saucer - Soucoupe trembleuse

Soucoupe trembleuse

  • Object:

    Saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Sèvres (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1776 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Taillandier, Vincent (painter)
    Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels, moulded and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr John George Joicey

  • Museum number:

    C.1398A-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 38, shelf 1

The most important French porcelain factory was founded in 1740 in the royal chateau of Vincennes. In 1756 it was transferred to Sèvres, the other side of Paris, and shortly after was bought by Louis XV. The support and protection of the king and his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, enabled it to secure the best artists, sculptors, designers and chemists. Sèvres porcelain soon became the most sought after in Europe.
The royal manufactory at Sèvres specialised in luxury porcelains, many of which were destined for the French court. Each year it displayed its newest models in the king's apartments at Versailles. The factory was very responsive to changes in fashion and introduced many innovations in design and decoration. Its products were admired throughout Europe and its style was widely imitated.

Physical description

Saucer of soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. On a dotted green ground with floral gilt diaper are reserved three concave shell-shaped compartments and well with moulded rocaille containing vases and roses within blue garlands. Circular medallion in the centre containing two carnations.

Place of Origin

Sèvres (made)

Date

ca. 1776 (made)

Artist/maker

Taillandier, Vincent (painter)
Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels, moulded and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

Interlaced 'L's
Maker's mark in blue enamel

A fleur de lys
Painter's mark in blue enamel for Taillandier

'gc'
Incised

Dimensions

Diameter: 15.3 cm

Object history note

Goes with cup C.1398-1919.

Descriptive line

Saucer of soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded, painted by Taillandier, Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, ca. 1776.

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

blue enamel dot near footrim.

Materials

Soft paste porcelain

Techniques

Moulded; Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Roses; Garlands; Flowers; Rocaille; Medallions; Shell; Diaper

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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