An imperial Sèvres porcelain litron cup
An imperial Sèvres porcelain litron cup
Delivered to French general Jean-Martin Petit or to the Grand Marshal at Saint-Cloud
Object N° 1384

4th size litron coffee cup, with brown ground with red reflections on the lower part, the upper border with yellow ground is decorated with a frieze of polychrome daisies, gold threads on the edges.

Good condition, tiny missing brown ground.

Sèvres imperial factory, 1808.

Marked with red stamp and mark of the painter Hirel de Choisy.

H. 6 cm.


From one of the following two identical cabarets:

- "Fond brun rouge zone jaune marguerites", entered the Sèvres sales store on December 31, 1808 (Arch. Sèvres, Vu1, 68 v°) and made up in particular of 12 cups (without the mention "litron") for a total cost from 291 frs. It was bought on April 25, 1809 by a certain M. Petit (Vz1, 249 v°).

- "Fond brun rouge frise coloriée sur fond jaune", entered the Sèvres sales store on February 7, 1810 (Vu1, 89), and composed in particular of "12 cups and saucers litron 4th (size)" for a total cost there too from 291 frs. It was purchased on behalf of the Emperor and delivered on March 13, 22 and May 2, 1810 to the Palais de Saint-Cloud for the service of the Grand Marshal. The nature of the frieze is then specified: "cabaret with red brown background, garland of daisies on a yellow background" (Vbb2, 108 v°).


The most likely recipient of our cup dated 1808 and probably delivered the same year, a certain Mr. Petit, is none other than Jean-Martin Petit (1772-1856), French general and baron of the Empire, Officer then Commander of the Legion of Honor and decorated with the Order of Saint-Henry of Saxony in 1808, having notably fought against the Prussians and the Russians. He distinguished himself at Waterloo before serving the Restauration.


Collective work, edited by C. Leprince, Napoléon Ier et Sèvres, Feu et talent, 2016, p. 266, possibly cabaret n° 77 p. 321 (unpublished).