Vincennes Porcelain Octagonal Cup and Saucer (Goblet Lizone et Soucoupe)
Circa 1750-51, blue interlaced L's and dot marks to both
Of lobed form with wishbone handle, exquisitely painted in the style of Meissen holzschnitt-Blumen (wood-cut flowers) with sprays of flowers and insects, within gilt line rims.
Height of cup 4 1/4 inches.
The Vincennes stock lists for October 1752 describe a variety of cups and saucers described as 'Goblets 8 pans' ('eight-lobed cups'). The authors Svend Eriksen & Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Sèvres Porcelain, Vincennes and Sèvres 1740-1800, p. 222, no. 39, illustrate a cup and saucer of the same form and suggest that the octagonal shape may be inspired by Chinese porcelain.
A cross-sectional line drawing of this form with variant handle, dated '19 fevrÿe mil 1753' is preserved at the Sèvres Manufactory archives, inv. no. 2011.3.166, R.1 L.2 d.2. F8. See Antoinette Faÿ-Hallé and Tamara Préaud, Porcelaines de Vincennes, Les Origines de Sèvres, Exhibition Catalogue, Grand Palais, Paris, 14 October 1977 - 16 January 1978, p. 126, no. 372 for a similar cup, no. 374 for similar saucer. For an extensive entry by Aileen Dawson and an example of the smallest size, troisieme grandeur, with variant handle, see the British Museum, London, no. Franks.374. T.H. Clarke, `French Influences at Chelsea', E.C.C. Transaction, Vol. 4, part 5 (1959), plates 21d and e, illustrates the close parallels between the decoration and form with those made during the raised anchor period at the Chelsea manufactory.
For a similar example at auction see, Sotheby's, London, 5 May 1970, lot 22 & 23; Also see the Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection, sold Christie's, New York, 21 March 1991, lot 168 and another in the John Shearer Collection, Christie's, London, 25 November 2014, lot 16.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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