Litron Cup with Dolphin Handles (gobelet litron) and Saucer (soucoupe)


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Litron Cup with Dolphin Handles (gobelet litron) and Saucer (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 | Dolphins 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 | dolphins (animals)


35mm color slide of a litron cup and saucer (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). Both objects have a white ground, adorned with bands of tooled gilding, multicolored bouquets, and a field of painted dots near the rim. The dolphin theme is prominent in both pieces: the cup has a dolphin handle, while the saucer contains gilded dolphins in its well. The gobelet litron (litron cup) has a distinctive, straight-sided, cylindrical shape, and was the most common form of teacup produced at the Sèvres factory. The number 55 is handwritten on the slide.

Find more on the litron cup and other types of teacups in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit.


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


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


18th century (date of object)
May 1990 (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), “Litron Cup with Dolphin Handles (gobelet litron) and Saucer (soucoupe),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed July 20, 2024,