A CHINESE EXPORT COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER circa 1780-85
- height 2 1/2 in.; diameter 5 7/16 in.
- 6.3 cm and 13.8 cm
The collection of Col. Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet at "Pokety Farms", Cambridge, Maryland, May 27, 1980, lot 225 (a pair)
Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd., New York
Property Selected for a Private Collection by Mr. and Mrs. Rafi Y. Mottahedeh, sold, Sotheby's, New York, January 29, 1987, lot 486 (a pair)
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A coffee pot and cover with this scene is illustrated by Hervouët and Bruneau, p. 185, no. 8.7, who comment that the decoration is based on an engraving by Charles Nicolas Cochin le vieux (1688-1754), after the painting of 'La Danse' by Jean Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). The authors note that the engraving is inscribed with a caption "that disapproves of the precocity of the young coquette: 'Iris c'est de bonneheure avoir l'air à la danse'," meaning that she is not old enough to want to stay and dance with the young men.