Sevres socketed cup & saucer with birds by Chappuis, 1765
Important Sèvres cup and saucer, goblet et soucoup enfoncé, premiere grandeur , superbly painted by Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (aîné), with four panels of birds in landscapes, framed within rich tooled gold borders against a ground of blue and gold oeil-de-perdrix on a pink ground.
Crossed ‘L’s’ mark,also date letter ‘M’ for 1765,
‘cp’ for artist Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (aîné),
incised cup repairer’s mark ‘00’ & ‘ae’
very minor loss to gold
saucer 15.5cm wide, cup 9cm high
Provenance: The Antique Porcelain Company, NY Factory records show that all examples of this type were purchased by Madame de Pompadour, from its introduction in 1759 to her death in 1764. The next recorded sale was in October 1765 to Princess Louise-Marie of France, youngest daughter of Louis XV. As its whereabouts are unrecorded, this example has a high possibility of being the goblet et soucoup enfoncé, premiere grandeur in question. Ref. Getty Museum ‘Vincennes & Sevres Porcelain’ #15 for the discussion on these pieces, and a similar example thought to have belonged to Madame de Pompadour. The Getty museum’s example has a saucer with an unknown repairer’s mark (00), and this example has the same repairer’s mark on the cup. Similar gilding can seen on a can & saucer in the British Museum, #110 in Dawson, also #112.An écoulle, cover & stand with the same decoration was sold as part of the Giuseppe Rossi collection, Sothebys London 1999 lot 518