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Antique Sevres Pot de Crème

Antique Sevres Pot de Crème

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: French: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 695954

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This porcelain covered cup, known as a pot de crème was produced in France by the Sevres Factory in 1760. There is no mark but the type of porcelain, style of decoration and quality of the workmanship are unmistakably the work of Sevres. It is 3 1/2 inches high and 4 inches from handle to handle. A pot de crème is an antiquated object which was used to serve hot chocolate. The porcelain is fine, soft paste with a high gloss translucent glaze. The cup part has two handles. The lid features an applied flower and leaves. On the inside of the lid is a small hole in the porcelain that was used to release the build up of pressure from the heat in the kiln when the piece was being fired. There are bunches of colorful flowers scattered around both of the pieces. The rim of the lid and the rim of the cup have gilded dentil trim. The handles and foot of the cup are also accented with gold. There is something very sensuous and special about eighteenth century porcelain. It has a particularly creamy smooth feel that newer porcelains cannot duplicate. There is minor loss to a leaf on the lid and a firing crack in the foot ring of the cup. Also, the gilding on the rim of the cup has some minor wear. It is not uncommon to find small imperfections on such an early porcelain item. At the time this piece was manufactured, only the aristocracy could afford it. It was treasured and preserved for nearly 250 years. Considering the age and rarity of this pot de crème, it is in excellent condition