Sèvres porcelain cup and saucer (part of a service)


The cup and saucer has elaborate decoration in gold and platinum on a deep blue-black ground. The exterior of the cup and interior flange of the saucer has a stylized floral diaper pattern covering the surface. A gold-framed portrait of the theologian and philosopher Pierre Charron(1541-1603) is painted in onglaze enamels on the exterior of the cup. The center of the saucer has a stylized floral medallion. The interior of the cup and exterior of the saucer are heavily gilded. The handle is made of silver.

All the five parts of this tea service have portraits in miniature of significant French Renaissance writers, poets, theologians, and historians. This enamel painted portrait by a Sèvres artist was most likely based on an engraving by Léonard Gaultier (1561?-1635?) produced shortly after Charron's death in 1603.

This cup and saucer belongs to the Alfred Duane Pell collection in the National Museum of American History. Before Pell (1864-1924) became an Episcopalian clergyman quite late in life, he and his wife Cornelia Livingstone Crosby Pell (1861-1938) travelled widely, and as they travelled they collected European porcelains, silver, and furniture. Pell came from a wealthy family and he purchased the large William Pickhardt Mansion on 5th Avenue and East 74th Street in which to display his vast collection. The Smithsonian was one of several institutions to receive substantial bequests from the Reverend Pell which laid the foundation for their collections of European applied arts.

Date Made: 1811-1812

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France: Île-de-France, Sevres

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CE.P-1061EabCatalog Number: P-1061EabAccession Number: 225282

Object Name: cupsaucer

Physical Description: red (saucer color)polychrome (component surface decoration color name)portrait of charron (joint piece description of decoration)portrait of charron (overall description of decoration)ceramic, porcelain (cup material)ceramic, porcelain (saucer material)metal (saucer material)gold (cup color)gold (saucer color)green (cup color)green (saucer color)red (cup color)Measurements: overall cup: 4 9/16 in x 5 5/16 in x 4 1/8 in; 11.58875 cm x 13.49375 cm x 10.4775 cmoverall saucer: 1 5/16 in x 6 5/16 in; 3.33375 cm x 16.03375 cm

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Record Id: nmah_580967

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