Michel Vandermeersch (Paris, France)
1988 - 1989
Dragesco and Cramoisan, French (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989.
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S113
A Tea Service (déjeuner ruban)
about 1765 - 1770
Soft-paste porcelain with polychrome enamelled decoration and gilding
4.8 × 38.8 × 26 cm (1 7/8 × 15 1/4 × 10 1/4 in.)
Travelers to the Far East and the New World brought back three new hot drinks to Europe during the 1600s: tea, coffee, and chocolate. By the middle of the 1700s, these drinks had become part of the daily life of the aristocracy and wealthy bourgeoisie, requiring new serving vessels from which to pour them. Chocolate was considered a breakfast drink, tea was drunk in the afternoon, and coffee was taken after dinner.
Porcelain was the favorite material for tea, coffee, and chocolate services, as it did not crack with heat and remained fairly cool to the touch, unlike silver vessels. This tea service, consisting of two cups and saucers, a covered sugar bowl, teapot, and tray, displays
"Acquisitions/1989." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 18 (1990), p. 192, no. 50.
Roth, Linda H.,and Clare Le Corbeiller. French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum: The J. Pierpont Morgan Collection (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 2000), p. 204, n. 16.