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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 190

    A SEVRES CUP AND SAUCER (GOBELET 'HERBERT' ET SA SOUCOUPE, 1ERE GRANDEUR)

    BLUE INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING DATE LETTER O FOR 1767 AND PAINTER'S MARK FOR MEREAUD L'AINE TO BOTH, THE CUP INCISED F, THE SAUCER 3-10

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    A SEVRES CUP AND SAUCER (GOBELET 'HERBERT' ET SA SOUCOUPE, 1ERE GRANDEUR)
    BLUE INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING DATE LETTER O FOR 1767 AND PAINTER'S MARK FOR MEREAUD L'AINE TO BOTH, THE CUP INCISED F, THE SAUCER 3-10
    Finely painted with amatory trophies emblematic of Love and Abundance on a richly patterned ground of puce leafy garlands as a trellis of gilt-centered blue and black harebell rosettes on a gilt seeded ground, the rims with blue harebells on a gilt striated band
    2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) high, the cup; 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) diameter, the saucer (2)


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    See Thérèse Burollet, Musée Cognacq-Jay, Porcelaines, vol. II, p. 183, no. 91 for a goblet 'Calabre' and saucer also painted by Méreaud l'aîné with variant trophies on an identical ground. In her entry, Ms. Burollet suggests that the trophies are based on designs by Antoine Watteau found in the Livre nouveau de différents trophées inventés par A. Watteau et gravés par Huquier. The Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris is a collection of 18th century art assembled by Ernest Cognacq and his wife, Louise Jay, founders of the La Samaritaine department stores, and bequeathed to the city of Paris.

    The painter's mark of a capital 'S' is that of Pierre-Antoine Méreaud l'aîné, recorded at Vincennes and later at Sèvres 1754-1791 first as a flower-painter and later as a specialist in patterns and gilding, obviously the hand responsible for the delicate trellis decoration. The two trophies are more likely the work of Charles Buteux L'aîné, recorded at Sèvres 1756-1782 as a specialist in just such decoration.

    Provenance

    With J.J. Klejman, New York.
    The Collection of Frederick J. and Antoinette H. Van Slyke; Sotheby's, New York, 26 September 1989, lot 303.