Rare pair of ice cups with green background... - Lot 17 - Coutau-Bégarie

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Rare pair of ice cups with green background... - Lot 17 - Coutau-Bégarie
Rare pair of ice cups with green background from a small service delivered in 1769 for King Louis XV at the XV at the Palace of Versailles. These ice cups have a decoration and a background color very atypical for their time. Each flared ice cup is decorated with a slightly bluish-green background, unusual for the late 1760's. At Sèvres, this color is more characteristic of the years 1757-1758, and was used for example for the service given as a diplomatic gift to King Frederick V of Denmark. Similarly, the gold wolf's tooth fillet on the upper rim and the large oval gold cartouche in the rocaille style with palms, flowers and trellis bordering the reserve decorated with a polychrome bouquet of flowers, are also close to the production of the Royal Manufacture of the 1750s. They bear in blue on the reverse the LL interlaced with the letter q for the year 1769, and the initials of an unidentified painter. (The handles missing). 18th century. Height : 6,6 cm 6,6 cm - Diameter : 5,3cm Provenance : Louis XV (1710-1774), king of France, in the castle of Versailles. Bibliography: David Peters, Sèvres plates and services of the 18th century, 2015, vol. III, n° 69-6, pp. 423-424. Yves Carlier and Hélène Delalex, Louis XV 1710-1774, Passions d'un Roi Roi, cat. exp. Château de Versailles, Paris, 2022, p. 152, n° 71. On March 9, 1758, Louis XV bought from the merchant Lazare Duvaux a "small service of porcelain of France, in green". Of incomplete composition, Louis XV received in four deliveries complements to this service during the year 1769. Absent from the order of 1758, the king was delivered, on July 9, 1769: "6 cups with green ice" sold at 18 livres the unit. This delivery is confirmed by the inventory of the Versailles porcelain dated 1782, where "six cups with ice" are mentioned for the service "green and gold with bouquets" (A.N., O1/3510). We know today only very few pieces of this royal service used by Louis XV (1710-1774), then by his grandson Louis XVI (1754-1793). The Palace of Versailles keeps the oval sugar bowl without tray (V 6195) given to King Louis XV for 120 pounds, on July 9, 1769. As on the two present cups with ice, one finds the same exceptional bluish-green bottom, rich gilded rocaille cartridges, and the wolf's tooth motif. Oval sugar bowl of the green service of Louis XV Manufacture royale de Sèvres, 1769 Soft porcelain H. 11.5 cm ; L. : 14.5 cm ; Pr. : 11.9 cm Versailles, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, MV 6195
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