- Museum number
'Trembleuse' Cup and Saucer; soft-paste porcelain; handleless cup highly translucent; ribbed moulding on body of bell-shaped cup with shallow foot, and on deep saucer, except near the rim; the saucer has a gallery in the centre, and shallow foot; both are painted in underglaze-blue with stylised flowers alternating with bushes on pedestals near the rim and a zigzag on the foot of the cup, the outside of the gallery and the outer surface of the saucer; two blue lines unevenly painted on cup interior and outer edge of foot-rim.
- Production date
- 1700-1710 (circa)
Diameter: 12.50 centimetres (saucer)
Height: 7.50 centimetres (cup)
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
In the Musée national Adrien-Dubouché, Limoges, there is a waster of a collapsed cup with similar decoration, which was acquired from the Gasnault Collection in 1881, regrettably without any provenance. The British Museum example, despite rather uneven glaze and poor moulding on the cup, is of good quality, and is surprisingly different in both paste and potting from Franks.336.
1) Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs, inv. 0959, sun face mark.
2) Limoges, Musée national Adrien-Dubouché, inv. 2865, unmarked, acquired in 1873.
Literature: Franks, Sir Augustus Wollaston, ‘Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain’, London, 1896, no. 331; Savage, George, ‘Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Porcelain’, London, 1960, colour illus. on jacket.
- Not on display
- Two small chips to the gallery.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number