Antique Empire Sèvres Cup and Saucer

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An antique 1st Empire Neoclassical cabinet cup and saucer - an exceptional quality fine hard paste gilded and enameled beaker shaped cup on a flared footrim decorated in vibrant colours of burgundy purple and green and heavily gilded with panels featuring portraits of agate profile cameos within elaborately designed layout of trophies surrounded by borders of green laurel leaves. The interior of the cup is fully gilded together with a fine swan neck handle which terminates in a distinctive star shape applique. The accompanying dish with agate lion head portraits and central motif of a helmet and wreath again within panels surrounded by borders of green laurel leaves - unmarked for maunfacturer but from the Sèvres porcelain works - attributed to be designed by Alexandre Theodore Brongniart - marked to the base with incised marks for the potter - can be compared with an identical form, handle form and terminal and exact dimensions of cup and saucer in the V&A Museum with a variation of similar decoration (Museum Number 3431 to A-1853) or with an identical form but different pattern in the Smithsonian Institute also attributed to Brongniart - overall diameter of dish 146 diameter of bowl of cup 70mm height excluding handle 69mm and including handle 83mm - c.1810-15 France

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