Litron Cup and Saucer (gobelet litron et soucoupe)


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Litron Cup and Saucer (gobelet litron et soucoupe)


LCSH: Porcelain, French—18th century—Pictorial works | Porcelain, French—Private collections | Porcelain, French—Sèvres—18th century—Slide collections | Sèvres porcelain—18th century—Pictorial works | Slides (Photography)—Private collections | Fritzsche, Ulrich—Art collections—Pictorial works | Ceramic tableware—France—18th century | Drinking cups—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Flowers in art

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | saucers (plates) | cups (drinking vessels) | porcelain painting (image-making) | gilding-technique | flower (motif) | floral patterns | plant-derived motifs


35mm color slide of a litron cup and saucer (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). The cup and saucer both have a blue ground decorated with stylized white bellflowers and other undulating designs, trimmed with gilding. The cup is an example of a gobelet litron (litron cup), which has a distinctive, straight-sided, cylindrical shape, and was the most common form of teacup produced at the Sèvres factory. The mark on the cup is believed to be that of Fallot (active 1764–90), a “ground color worker, painter, gilder, burnisher, and enameller,” who is particularly known for inventing the special blue ground color called bleu Fallot (Savill 1988, 3:1032; Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 153 no. 43). The number 29 is handwritten on the slide.

Find more on the litron cup and bleu Fallot in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object)


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


ca. 1764 (date of object)
October 1983 (date of slide)


Painter, Kirsten Blythe


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English | French


still image

Spatial Coverage


Temporal Coverage

eighteenth century (dates CE)

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Original Format

slide, scanned using an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner at 3200 dpi.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Litron Cup and Saucer (gobelet litron et soucoupe),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed June 23, 2024,