interlaced L's mark, teapot, three cups and one saucer also with dateletter h for 1760, sucrier, three cups and four saucers with dateletter L for 1764, teapot with painter's mark of a heart for François Fontelliau, sucrier and four saucers with pin mark for Louis-Jean Thévenet père. Incised marks: teapot and one saucer with S, slop bowl with o, two saucers with CS, two with gp, three cups with IC, three with jC
Collection of David Garrick, sold George Robins, 22nd May 1823, lot 54. Bought by Baroness Burdett-Coutts, sold Christie's 9th May 1922, lot 267. Bought in these rooms 21st May 1957, lot 102
The great actor, director and theatre manager David Garrick (1717-79) visited Paris three times. On his final vist in the autumn of 1764, returning from a European tour with his wife Eva Maria, he purchased this Sèvres service together with its fitted box. See Carola Oman, David Garrick, 1958, p. 256.
Eva-Maria Garrick, née Veigel (1724-1822) survived her husband by more than forty years. Her will was proved on 30th October, 1822 and various sales of property and chattels took place during the following year. On 13th May 1823, Messrs. Robins auctioneers, announced in the Morning Chronicle their forthcoming sale of 'The late Mr. and Mrs. Garrick's Property.... comprehending a great variety of Dresden, Seve, Oriental, and Chelsea China, and ornamental Porcelaine...removed from the Adelphi-terrace and Hampton court'. Included in their sale of 22nd May, 1823 was lot 54 'A VERY SUPERBE CAFE SET OF THE RARE OLD SEVE PORCELAINE, beautifully painted and richly gilt, in café pot, six ditto cups and saucers, sugar basin and cover, cream ewer, basin, four large and four small spoons, in handsome inlaid case, lined with green silk.' Allowing for some anomalies in the description, it is thought that the service described is the one in this lot minus the spoons. The service was bought by Baroness Burdett-Coutts and reappeared after her death in a sale of her property by Christie's, 9th May, 1922, lot 267: 'A Tea Service, painted with garlands of berried foliage, divided by bands of pink and gold trelliswork, 1760 and 1764, consisting of a tea-pot and cover, a sucrier and cover, a milk-jug and cover, a cream-jug, a bowl, and six cups and saucers - in tulip-wood case'. An additional lot note states: 'This service was formerly the property of David Garrick, and was bought at the sale of his house at his widow's death by Miss Burdett-Coutts.'
Fluted shapes of the type seen here were brand new in 1764. It is extremely rare to find a French tea service with a slop bowl at this date, and it is probable that this was included as a special request from this English client. The painter Thévenet specialised in decorating cups of this shape between 1764-66. See Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, Vol. II, p. 560-63. This pattern was carefully copied in England by the Worcester factory in various colours. Another Sèvres tea service in a similar travelling case was sold by Christie's, 4th December 1985, lot 12.
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