20 May 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 2,375
Estimate USD 1,500 - USD 2,500
A VINCENNES BLEU LAPIS CUP AND SAUCER (GOBELET 'CALABRE' ET SA SOUCOUPE, 1ERE GRANDEUR)
Blue interlaced L's enclosing date letter A for 1753-1754, painter's mark for Xhrouet pere, the saucer incised 3
The cup with slightly everted lip and harp handle, painted in camaîeu rose with putti in clouds reserved on the blue lapis ground within gilt shield-shaped cartouches issuing sprays of flowers, gilt dentil rims
3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm.) high, the cup; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) diameter, the saucer (2)
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The mark of a loosely drawn X with dots at the intersections has only recently been ascribed to Philippe Xhrouet père, active 1750-1775. Throughout his twenty-five year career at Sèvres, he turned his hands to all sorts of decoration - figures, flowers, patterns, birds and even landscapes. The variation of the mark as found on the present cup and saucer is that usually found on pieces with figure painting.
Mrs. John W. Cristner, Dallas, Texas; Christie's, New York, 30 November -1 December, 1979, lot 220.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LEO & DORIS HODROFF (LOTS 159-160)