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Goblet ou tasse à quatre pans rond: C.9 & A-1951

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Goblet ou tasse à quatre pans rond


Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain cup and saucer of four-lobed form, painted in enamels with sprays of flowers and foliage, and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, dark pink, purple, grey and black enamels, and gilded. Both cup and saucer have a four-lobed oval outline with curving sides. The cup has a harp-shaped handle with a kick at the lower end. Both are decorated with sprays of polychrome flowers and foliage, some outlined in black. On the cup a long leaf has been painted at the lip to the right of the handle to conceal a defect in the glaze. There are gold bands round the footrings and rims of the cup and saucer, and down the back of the handle.


History note: Purchased from H.E. Backer, London on behalf of the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • Vincennes ⪼ Val-de-Marne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1951-10-18) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Mid-18th Century
Louis XV
Circa 1749 CE - Circa 1752 CE


This form, described as a gobelet or tasse à quatre pans ronde, made with or without a handle, was being made by 9 July 1749 when one of the factory's painters, Louis-Denis Armand l’ainé, signed and dated a handleless cup decorated with the different enamel colours then available. Seven examples were mentioned in the inventory taken on the death of the director, Jean-Henry-Louis-Orry de Fulvy (3 May 1751), which was begun on 26 May 1751. The factory's stock inventory of 1 October 1752 listed thirty-five mediocre cups decorated with flowers and gold at 6 livres, and fifteen at 4 livres in the sale room. The form was derived from a quatrefoil Meissen cup and saucer produced in the 1730s, and for that reason was later described as a 'Tasse Saxe'. The decoration on early examples was inspired by Meissen landscapes or floral decoration. This cup and saucer are painted in the Meissen Holzschnittblumen (wood-cut flowers) style, with black used for stems and contours of leaves of the floral sprays or sprigs. This style of decoration was used on various Vincennes forms such as toilet jars, chamber pots, teapots, mustard pots, and bottle coolers. Examples similarly decorated with floral sprays and sprigs include a cup and saucer in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (19685 A & B) which has the same mark on its cup as on this saucer; a cup without a saucer in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham (inv. no. X2307, from the Founders John and Josephine Bowes), and a handless cup and saucer is in the Belvedere Collection. Other types of decoration on this model included coloured grounds with landscapes, and Kakiemon patterns, such as an example in the Belvedere Collection.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, dark pink, purple, grey and black) gold Saucer Height 3 cm Length 14.1 cm Width 13.2 cm
Cup Height 4.8 cm Width 7.8 cm
Cup Including Handle Length 10 cm

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, dark pink, purple, grey and black enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced Ls enlosing a dot in blue enamel

  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: In blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: a
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9 & A-1951
Primary reference Number: 82453
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 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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