A SÈVRES TWO-HANDLED CUP, 1812
with richly-gilt reeded strap handles, the body printed and painted with two battle scenes within tapering rectangular gilt panels, the bowl gilt to the interior with a border of stylised flowers and spearheads, supported by a spreading stem and circular foot, spencilled red Sevres/1812 mark, incised L and DC, paper labels including factory label
19.2cm., 7⅝in. wide, 13cm., 5⅛in. high
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Minor rubbing to rim. Overall in good order. Stand lacking.
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The present cup appears to be the example (with stand) which entered the factory showroom on 25th March 1813 described as « fond vert sujet de figures imprimé avec assiette pour plateau carte géographique de France imprimé au milieu à 120 francs» (register Vv1, f° 2). There is only one cup at 120 francs that appears on the resister of sales paid in cash, delivered in September 1815 to Mr Gally Knight (register Vz-1), member of the UK Parlement 1814-1815.
The paper labels suggest the cup depicts Charles Martel, a Frankish knight renowned for his defeat of a Saracen force at Tours in 732. The 19th century saw important figures from early French and medeival history represented in fine and decorative arts. This example from 1812 is a particularly early use of this revival in an era where the prevailing taste was for classicism and the Egyptian taste.