Sèvres café au lait ground cup and saucer with decoration simulating Japanese lacquer. The cup (tasse litron), decorated in tones of gold and with silver, portrays a Chinoiserie landscape. The cup, dated 1780, must be a very early attempt at this type of decoration since later versions consistently use platinum which does not tarnish. The saucer, which must have been made at Sèvres as a replacement for a broken saucer is identically decorated but with platinum instead of silver; it has the Sèvres Empire mark used after 1812. The use of platinum at Sèvres is one of the metal’s first uses in manufacturing. The decoration on both pieces shows Asian figures in landscapes scattered with gold dots simulating Japanese Nashiji lacquer which is sometimes found on café au lait grounds. A piece from the service is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Cup: Crowned crossed L mark (hard paste) Dated – “CC” 1780 Painter’s mark – “LG” Louis-Antoine Le Grand
Saucer: Orange stenciled mark with crowned eagle “Manufacture Impériale SEVRES” (1813-1815)