Pair of Cups and Saucers
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Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory; painted by Charles Buteux père, porcelain worker
French, Sèvres, 1759
Soft-paste porcelain, pink and green ground colors, polychrome enamel decoration, gilding


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The Sèvres porcelain manufactory first produced the design for this pair of cups and saucers in 1752. The design was named after Pierre Calabre, one of the shareholders of the Vincennes porcelain manufactory that preceded Sèvres. The bold decoration of green panels with a deep pink ground was a popular fashion for only two years, from 1759 to 1761.

A hostess usually served tea in the cup; the guest then poured it into the deep saucer to cool and used the saucer as a drinking dish.