Pair of Cups and Saucers (gobelets Calabre et soucoupes)

Manufacture nationale de Sèvres1759

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The Sèvres porcelain manufactory first produced the design for this pair of cups and saucers in 1752. The design was named after Pierre Calabre, one of the shareholders of the Vincennes porcelain manufactory that preceded Sèvres. The bold decoration of green panels with a deep pink ground was a popular fashion for only two years, from 1759 to 1761.

A hostess usually served tea in the cup; the guest then poured it into the deep saucer to cool and used the saucer as a drinking dish.

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  • Title: Pair of Cups and Saucers (gobelets Calabre et soucoupes)
  • Creator: Painted by Charles Buteux père, Sèvres Manufactory
  • Date: 1759
  • Location Created: Sèvres, France
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Soft paste porcelain, pink and green ground colors, enamelled decoration and gilding
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Both saucers painted underneath with the blue crossed "L"'s of the Sèvres manufactory enclosing the date letter "g" for 1759, and with the painter's mark of a blue anchor for Charles Buteux père.
  • Object Type: Cup and saucer
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 72.DE.74
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: One cup incised under the base with an "[ ]"; the other cup inscised with an indecipherable modeler's mark in script.
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S110
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts