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Cup and Saucer; hard-paste porcelain; painted in brown, green, orange, blue, black and purple with the Fable of the Wolf and the Lamb within an oval reserve outlined by two gilt lines on the cup and with a goat in a similar panel on the saucer, and with scattered flowers; inside of cup painted in black with four stylised flowers; gilt rims, gilt line near foot of saucer and handle partly gilt; maker's mark.
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Diameter: 14.10 centimetres (saucer)
Height: 7 centimetres (cup)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dawson 1994:
Chavagnac and Grollier (Chavagnac and Grollier, 1906, p. 56) mention a milk jug on three feet painted with a sheep from the Grollier Collection on which 'la marque en bleu au grand feu est peu facile à lire à cause d'une autre marque en brun foncé qui est place dessus (C541)'. (The undergalze blue mark is difficult to read on account of another mark in dark brown painted over it [C541]). The significance of these complex internal factory marks is unknown.
The scene on the cup depicts the fable of the Wolf and the Lamb and is closely based on the engraving by C.D. Gallimart after J.B. Oudry (1686-1755) in the 1753 Paris edition of Fables choisies, mise en vers par J. de la Fontaine, Vol. 1, Book 1, Fable x, (see fig. 210a) (BM Dept of Prints and Drawings, c. 161 d. 9 opp. 20 [1869,0508.13]). The goat painted on the saucer may have been adapted from an illustration in the same work to Fable VI, , La Genisses, La Chevre et la Brebis, en sociiétté avec le Lion (the author is grateful to Frances Dunkels, formerly of the Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum, for her help in identifying the sources of decoration).
Fable scenes were popular on Chelsea porcelain teawares of the Red Anchor period (1752-6) but the painting was far more skilfully executed.
- Not on display
- Foot rim of saucer chipped; gilding on rims rubbed.
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Æsop's Fables
Associated Title: The Wolf and the Lamb
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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