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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 180

    A SEVRES BLEU NOUVEAU CUP AND SAUCER (GOBELET 'LITRON' ET SA SOUCOUPE, 3EME GRANDEUR)

    BLUE INTERLACED L'S CENTERING DATE LETTERS JJ FOR 1786 AND PAINTER'S MARK FOR MME. BOUILLAT TO BOTH, THE CUP INCISED 4 RA 3

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    A SEVRES BLEU NOUVEAU CUP AND SAUCER (GOBELET 'LITRON' ET SA SOUCOUPE, 3EME GRANDEUR)
    BLUE INTERLACED L'S CENTERING DATE LETTERS jj for 1786 AND PAINTER'S MARK FOR MME. BOUILLAT TO BOTH, THE CUP INCISED 4 ra 3
    Painted with garden scenes emblematic of Love, the cup with a dog representing Fidelity asleep in a rose garden emblematic of Love, the saucer with another view of the garden, an urn filled with lilacs on a pedestal at the base of the bridge, the borders with a richly chased gilt floral rinceau
    2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) high, the cup; 4¾ in. (12 cnm.) diameter, the saucer (2)


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    The painter's mark is likely that of Mme. Genévieve-Louise Thévenet Bouillat, whose parents and brother were also painters at Sèvres specializing in flowers. She is recorded as active 1776-1798. Her husband Edme-François is recorded at the factory 1758-1810, also as a flower painter and as a bird painter. Both used a Y, the mark, generally found to the right of the interlaced L's with the date letters at the left rather than enclosed within the interlaced L's, as is the case on the present cup and saucer. However, the handwriting would appear to be that of Mme. Bouillat.