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Theière Calabre: C.53 & A-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Theière Calabre


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Buteux, Charles-Nicolas




Soft-paste porcelain teapot and cover, painted in enamels with cornflowers, garlands of leaves, and sprays of roses, and gilded.

Soft-paste porcelain decorated with pale yellow ground colour, painting in blue, green, yellow, shades of pink enamels, mauve, and purple enamel, and gilding. Ovoid body has a gently curving spout and ear-shaped handle, and the cover has a knob in the shape of a fruit and three leaves on a twig. There are three spur marks on the base. The top and bottom of the body have a yellow border painted in polychrome with roses, pansies and borage (?) flowers. Above the upper border there is a garland of leaves. On each side of the pot, between the borders, there is a bouquet of the same flowers enclosed in an oval garland of leaves and berries, tied at the top with a mauve ribbon with a gold disc in the centre. The remainder of the body is strewn with cornflowers. The spout is decorated with a spray of dark pink roses, and with a garland of leaves at the junction with the body and round below the end. The cover has a garland of leaves round the knob and a yellow border en suite with those on the pot. There are gold bands round the foot, the junction of the spout and body, and the edge of the cover; and dentilated bands round the inside of the neck, and the tip of the spout. The handle has gold lines down its sides and husks and dots down its back. The knob is entirely gilt.


History note: Unknown before Louis C.G. Clarke MA, LL.D., (1881-1960, Leckhampton, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Late
Production date: AD 1780 : date letter for 1780


Calabre forms were named after Pierre Calabre, a shareholder in the Charles Adam and Eloi Brichard Companies at Vincennes and Sèvres. The théière Calabre was in production at Vincennes by December 1752, and was the most common form of teapot produced at Sèvres. According to Savill (see Documentation) the factory's sizes 'cannot easily by identified, and she divided examples into six groups, of which this one falls into her group E, 8.9-10.5 cm.

School or Style

Louis XVI

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, shades of pink enamels, mauve, and purple) gold
Over Knob Height 10.4 cm
Handle-spout Length 13.3 cm
Handle And Spout

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced L's enclosing cc

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in grey enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: 9 followed by a dot about half way up the 9

  • Text: 9.
  • Location: On base, below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in grey enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: 11
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: 38
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.53 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 75433
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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