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CUP (GOBELET "ÉTRUSQUE")

Made by: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

On view in: Pavilion Hallway


About this object

"Histoire naturelle des oiseaux" (1770-1786), by the influential French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, is the source for the birds on this and several other Sèvres services. The scientific names of the birds appear on this service's saucers, revealing the widespread interest in the natural world at the time and efforts to codify it. During the revolutionary years, the factory produced several services decorated with yellow rims with black stylized "Etruscan borders."

This urn-shaped cup has two straight handles that curve softly at the ends. The yellow ground is interrupted by two oval reserves, each painted with a bird in a landscape. A band of black classical motifs decorates the top section of the cup. The names of the birds "Bouvreuil du Bonne Esperance" and "Moineau bleu de Cayenne" are inscribed at the bottom.

Category:
ceramics
Object name:
CUP (GOBELET "ÉTRUSQUE")
Made from:
Soft-paste porcelain
Made in:
Sèvres, France
Date made:
1793
Size:
7.9 × 11.8 × 8.6 cm (3 1/8 × 4 5/8 × 3 3/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
24.243
Signature marks:
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2005
Featured in publication:
"Hillwood: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977-2007"