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Cup (Gobelet "litron")

Made by: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory ||LeGuay, Etienne-Henri __Gilder

On view in: Mansion Exhibit - French Porcelain Room - Case 3 - Shelf 2


About this object

Contrasting with the dark blue (beau bleu) of the cup and the lavish thick gilding is an oval medallion containing a bust portrait of Benjamin Franklin in grisaille. An American envoy to the French court, Franklin was so widely regarded by the French as an apostle of liberty that his likeness appeared in all kinds of media, from prints and medals to porcelain cups such as these, of which fourteen were produced. In the center of the saucer is a cluster of emblems of the Franco-American Alliance of 1777, in which Franklin played an instrumental role.

The ground is dark blue (beau bleu), on the front of the cup is an oval medallion with a bust portrait in grisaille of Benjamin Franklin facing left. His name is inscribed on either side in gold capital letters. A broad band of floral swags, leaf scrolls, and small sections of latticework, all in gold, decorate the cup's upper edge as well as the saucer's rim. Rendered in grisaiile in the center of the saucer is a cluster of emblems of the Franco-American Alliance of 1777: a shield with three fleurs-de-lis, two spears, a branch of laurel, and two banners, one of which is inscribed AMERIQUE.

Category:
CERAMICS, FRENCH
Object name:
Drinking Vessel
Made from:
Soft paste porcelain
Made in:
FRANCE: Sèvres
Date made:
ca. 1779
Size:
H. 3 in., W. 4 in., D. 3 in. (including handle)
[Portion] overall __[Height] 7.62 cm __[Width] 10.16 cm __[Depth] 7.62 cm __[Diam] __[Weight] __[Size] __[Notes]

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
24.151.1
Class:
CERAMICS
Signature marks:
MARK __.1 (cup) and .2 (saucer) with crossed L's and L g, for Etienne-Henri Le Guay père (the elder), painter and gilder from 1776-1817; .1 has 43 incised; .2 has 40 incised
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Displayed in exhibition:
Sevres Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Oct 20, 2009 - May 31, 2010
A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum. Organized by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 1998-2000
Featured in publication:
Paredes, Liana. Sèvres Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens Foundation; London: D. Giles Ltd., 2009. Distributed by ACC Distribution.
Odom, Anne and Liana Paredes Arend. A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum. Edited by Nancy Eickel. Alexandria, VA: Art Services International, 1998.
Arend, Liana Paredes. Sèvres Porcelain at Hillwood. Edited by Nancy Eickel. The Hillwood Collection Series. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 1998.