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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 194

    A SEVRES (HARD PASTE) PINK-GROUND COFFEE-CUP AND SAUCER (GOBELET 'LITRON' ET SA SOUCOUPE, 5EME GRANDEUR)

    GILT CROWNED INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING DATE LETTERS AA FOR 1778, PAINTER'S MARK FOR L'ECOT

    Price Realised  

    A SEVRES (HARD PASTE) PINK-GROUND COFFEE-CUP AND SAUCER (GOBELET 'LITRON' ET SA SOUCOUPE, 5EME GRANDEUR)
    GILT CROWNED INTERLACED L'S ENCLOSING DATE LETTERS AA FOR 1778, PAINTER'S MARK FOR L'ECOT
    The front of the cup and center of the saucer enameled and gilt in two colors with vignettes of Chinoiserie figures playing in a fenced garden or fishing, a willow tree at the right of each scene, reserved within a carmine-edged gilt medallion on the pink ground, the rim with an apple-green band richly gilt with a flower and scroll rinceau, the flowers with blue centers
    1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) high, the cup; 3¼ in. (89.2 cm.) diameter (2)


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    Recorded at Sèvres as a painter specializing in Chinoiseries, arabesques, and butterflies and as a gilder, 1761-1764, 1772-1800, Louis-François L'Ecot was arguably the most gifted of the only two or three artists capable of executing the delicate Chinoiserie decoration found on the present miniature cup and saucer.

    For other hard paste gobelets 'Litron' in various sizes painted with chinoiseries by L'Ecot, see Christie's New York, 17/18 November 1999, lot 267; 21 May 2003, lot 147; 21 October 2004, lot 970; and 19 October 2007, lot 369.

    See also Tamara Préaud, "Sèvres, la Chine et les 'chinoiseries' au XVIIIe siècle", Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, no. 47, 1989, pp. 39-50 for a detailed discussion of chinoiserie decoration at Sèvres; also Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, London, 1988, vol. II, pp. 624-628.