Venus and Cupid Gobelet Litron

Venus and Cupid Gobelet Litron

  • Description

    A Prestige piece, limited to one.

    The gobelet litron was a popular model at Vincennes and Sèvres throughout the eighteenth century. The cylindrical cup received its name because of its resemblance to the litron, an old wooden cubic measure of slightly larger dimensions, used to quantify salt, grain, flour and peas. The gobelet litron was among the earliest ‘useful wares’ produced at the manufactory. Although the vast majority of gobelets litrons were made to be used, some were intended to serve as eye-catching knick-knacks for display on chimneypieces and occasional tables. They were the perfect gift and jewelled cups and saucers were just the sort of eye-catching New Year novelty which would have found favour with courtiers at the end-of-year sales held in the private apartments in Versailles.

    The original is a Sevres soft-paste porcelain cup and saucer, featuring a beau bleu ground with gilded decoration in two tones of gold enriched with opaque and translucent green, pale orange, red and white jewelled enamelling. The two circular reserves are painted with a scene of Venus and Cupid on the cup and with a trophy emblematic of Love on the saucer.

    Made by skilled craftsmen in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the English 'potteries' each Prestige piece has been painstakingly produced entirely by hand using techniques largely unchanged for 250 years so as to reproduce the originals as closely as possible using 21st century materials.

    Produced by the skilled artists and craftsmen of the Staffordshire 'potteries', this unique piece is the only one in existence. It is a true work of art and modern day Museum Piece.

    Cup 6.5 x 6 x 6 cm.

    Saucer 12. 5 cm diameter.

    Bespoke box 7 x 25.5 x 18 cm.


    UK - From £4.95

    Europe - From £15

    US and Canada - From £20

    Rest of World - From £30


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Product code: 102290