Cup and Saucer With Lyon’s Silk Decoration | Sèvres

Porcelain with soft paste
Year of creation: 1765
Deep cut: 9 x 8 cm
Saucer: 4.2 x 14.7 cm
The bottom of the cup, called Queen Cup, fits into a saucer whose bottom is a cavity of several centimetres. The prototype of this cup, smaller, was created in 1752 when the Manufacture was still based in Vincennes. It is in 1759 that this object took its final appearance. Indeed, the size of the cup was enlarged, a saucer sheath was added and decor was adapted.

The shape of the saucer was thought for elderly or bedridden people. Thus, Madame de Pompadour, in illness in February 1763, requested the delivery of a set of 4 cups, but it was Madame du Barry who started to use them to enjoy tea or chocolate.

The decor realised by the Farther Micaud in 1765, shows motifs of trimmings inspired by the lyonnaise silk fabric during the 18th century. It reveals the fashion taste of the ladies in the Court, the richly decorated restrooms and their love for beautiful fabric from France or England. André Delonbre collections preserved at the National Museum of Ceramics reunite an exceptional series of cups with saucers of very varied decors, which inspired these reproductions.