FROM THE ‘SERVICE DU GOBELET DU ROI’ DELIVERED TO VERSAILLES
Rare Sèvres porcelain cup called gobelet litron and its saucer, with polychrome ornamentation of garlands of barbeaux flowers, on red and blue filets, gilt dents de loup on the rims.
Good general condition, some marks of wear due to the frequent use of this service. One very small éclat on the cup top rim and another small one on the saucer.
Sèvres porcelain Royal factory, 1786.
Fully marked, letter-date ii, painter Mlle Fontaine.
Height: 6 cm – Diameter : 12 cm.
From the service called “du Gobelet du Roi”, delivered to king Louis XVI of France in 1783 for daily use at the Château de Versailles. David Peters suggests that it was intended to the guests and/or to the household of Versailles.
This service described in the Archives “guirlandes de barbeaux” was restocked each year. In 1786, several pieces of teaware including “tasses et soucoupes”, were bought by Louis XVI at Sèvres for “remplacement pour porcelaine cassée pendant l’année 1785″, for a unit cost of 15 livres (the same price as the plates).
We don’t have the exact number of cups that were ordered in 1786 but for example, in 1785, there were 14 “gobelets”, that seem to be of “litron” shape.
The name of this service is coming from Jean-René-Christophe Roth, “contrôleur du Gobelet du Roi”, who was the real recipient in charge of this service
David Peters, Sèvres plates and services of the 18th century, tome III, n° 85-2.