See Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, London, 1988, volume II, pp. 674-675, 686-687 for a discussion of the model and of the example painted in the museum's collection painted with marine scene. Another example painted with landscapes was sold Christie's London, 1 July 1985, lot 20.
According to the factory's records, the present model was produced in two sizes, of which the present cup and saucer is an example of the larger. It cost from 21 livres for the first size gilt with a fillet on a white ground up to as much as 144 livres for an elaborately decorated example painted with roses on a gold ground. Purchases are listed as of 1 August 1762 when Madame de Pompadour purchased three. No others are listed as selling until after her death in 1764, with Madame Louise buying one in October of the following year. Further entries in the sales records for the 1760s and 1770s reveal the gobelet à lait et soucoupe enfoncé as having been purchased primarily by members of the royal family or members of the court.
The decoration on the present cup is based on an engraving by Jean-Marie Delâtre after François Boucher's painting of circa 1765 entitled L'ecole de l'amitié, or The School of Friendship. See Savill, ibid, p. 506, no. C348 for a cup in the Wallace Collection painted with the same scene.
Etienne-Jean Chabry, fils aîné, recorded at Sèvres 1764-1787 as a painter specializing in figures, flowers and patterns
Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux, recorded at Vincennes and Sèvres 1752-1788 as a gilder