Ice Cream Cup (tasse à glace)


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Ice Cream Cup (tasse à glace)


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 | Plants in art | Birds in art | Insects in art

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | cups (drinking vessels) | porcelain painting (image-making) | gilding-technique | plant-derived motifs | Aves (class) | butterflies


35mm color slide of an ice cream cup (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). Against a greenish-blue ground color, circular white reserves contain paintings of a bird and a butterfly, but neither painting is fully visible on the slide. Surrounding the reserves are thick bands of tooled gilding depicting scrolls and foliage. The cup is apparently from a Buffon service (Fritzsche 2018). Such pieces were inspired by the works of Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon, in particular his celebrated work on birds, The Natural History of Birds (Histoire naturelle des oiseaux, 1770–86). The number 52 is handwritten on the slide.


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


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


18th century (date of object)
July 1986 (date of slide)


Painter, Kirsten Blythe


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English | French


still image

Spatial Coverage


Temporal Coverage

eighteenth century (dates CE)

Still Image Item Type Metadata

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), “Ice Cream Cup (tasse à glace),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed July 16, 2024,