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Cup and saucer: C.191 & A-1932

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Marseille Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)
Robert, Joseph Gaspard (Proprietor)


Hard-paste porcelain cup and saucer, painted in enamels and gold with figures in a landscape.

Hard-paste porcelain painted in greyish-blue, shades of green, pale yellow, and brown enamels, and gilded. The cup has curving sides, a single loop handle, and stands on a footring. The circular saucer has curved sides and stands on a footring. The cup is decorated with two men standing beside a monument in a landscape, and the saucer with two men sitting fishing beside a gravestone and a fir tree in a landscape. The rims of both pieces are gilt.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Place(s) associated

  • Marseille ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Late 18th century
Louis XVI
Circa 1775 CE - 1785 CE


Vignettes of asymetrical landscapes with small figures, standing, sitting, or fishing are typical of the decoration of both faïence and porcelain made in the Robert factory.

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( greyish-blue, shades of green, pale yellow, and brown) Banding: composed of gold Saucer: Diameter 12.5 cm Height 2.7 cm
Cup Rim: Diameter 7.5 cm
Cup: Height 4.5 cm
Cup Handle-rim: Width 9.4 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P
  • Location: On base of cup by footring
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Mark

Inscription present: a stroke, widening at the bottom

  • Text: l
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Mark
  • Text: R
  • Location: In centre of base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in greyish-blue
  • Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.191 & A-1932
Primary reference Number: 82337
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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