Sèvres cup and saucer with a green ground and classical motifs, 1820


Tasse étrusque D cannelée

Cup height 4.9 cm, saucer ø 14.0 cm

Printed mark of interlaced L’s enclosing a fleur de lys and “Sevres”, with the date 20 for 1820

From a tea service described as fond vert décor en gris, consisting of fifteen teacups, one teapot, one milk jug and one sugar bowl, sold to Milord Herbert in April 1822 (Vv1, 149-7 and Vz4).

The purchaser of this tea service was Viscount (Robert) Herbert, the future 12th Earl of Pembroke (1791-1862). After being arrested for contracting an illicit marriage in 1814 with a widowed Sicilian princess he escaped and settled in Paris where he lived a dissolute life and fathered many illegitimate children. The Earldom of Pembroke was eventually inherited by his half-brother.



Laurence Rundell