Bouillard Cup and Saucer (gobelet Bouillard et soucoupe)


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Bouillard Cup and Saucer (gobelet Bouillard 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 | Méreaud, Charles-Louis—Pictorial works

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


35mm color slide of a Bouillard cup and saucer (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). Its vibrant, richly colored design was painted by Charles Louis Méreaud (ca. 1735–80; active 1756–80), a painter and gilder known for his flowers, garlands, ornaments, and friezes. Le Corbeiller notes that objects bearing his mark “are notable for the combined clarity and complexity of their decoration and their richness of palette” and “great vibrancy of drawing and color” (1986, 181). In this case, both the cup and saucer are adorned with a multi-colored (purple, red, pink, gold) frieze of rocaille shells, palm shapes, and flower heads, which is highlighted by undulating flower garlands. Above the frieze along the rims is a band of dark blue punctuated by gilded dots. A similar example of Méreaud’s style is the “Diamond-Shaped Breakfast Service" (déjeuner losange, slide 36). The gobelet Bouillard (Bouillard cup) was named after Antoine-Augustin Bouillard, a shareholder in the Vincennes and Sèvres factories. The words “1760 painter Méreaud” and the number 31 are both handwritten on the slide.

See the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit for more details on Méreaud and Bouillard cups.


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


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


1760 (date of object)
November 1981 (date of slide)


Painter, Kirsten Blythe


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English | French


still image

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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), “Bouillard Cup and Saucer (gobelet Bouillard et soucoupe),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed June 6, 2023,