Assembled Sevres Porcelain Tea Set
third quarter 18th century, in a 19th-century fitted necessaire de voyage, the cobalt tea set decorated with painted landscapes and trimmed with gilt, the set including a two-handled cup, h. 2", w. 3-1/4", and a matching saucer with the 1758 date mark, dia. 3-3/4", a cream jug attributed to painter Jean-Pierre Ledoux, with the "1758" date mark, a covered sugar bowl with a sculpted knop, with the 1758 date mark, and a caduceus attributed to bird painter Edme Gomery, h. 3-3/4", dia. 3", a teapot with a gilt sculpted knop, with an indistinct painted interlaced "L's" mark, h. 3", w. 4-1/4", the saucer and sugar bowl both with an expansion hole in the foot, all in a Napoleon III vernis Martin case painted with figures in landscapes in the style of Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 1684-1721), the fitted interior lined with passementerie-trimmed ivory silk and with an additional cut glass perfume bottle and a gilt-brass funnel, the cover interior fitted with a mirror.
overall h. 6-3/4", w. 9-1/2", d. 8"
Provenance: Dalva Brothers, Inc., New York, New York; The Estate of Camille & Raymond Hankamer, Houston, Texas.
**Gorgeous box decorated all around. Very scattered small surface losses with a circular discoloration and some surface rubbing to the top (see online photos), and the edges with typical wear, dings, small losses, etc., with old professional touch-ups. Front cover with an old, gilt-filled horizontal shrinkage crack. Rear brass hinges and upper lock with varied, somewhat later screws. Key not present.
Fabric-covered fittings good overall with very small, light stains below the mirror and a scattered negligible rubbed area here and there. Three small fittings toward the rear are lacking unknown components.
The porcelain items are all SEVRES.
CREAM JUG: Good
COVERED SUGAR: Good
TEAPOT: Generally good. Spout exhibits a somewhat rough edge within the gilt at one side, but there is no evidence of restoration via black light or examination of the interior. The handle may have been reattached at some point, but again, there is no evidence via black light or examination of the interior. Rose knop with loss to two petal tips, touched up at some point.
SAUCER: Good overall with a TINY firing anomaly within the grasses.
CUP: Well-integrated old, professional restorations along the top edge and to one handle. The gilt floral sprays and scrolling border on either side of handle restored with two TINY associated scratches extending 3/8" and 1/8" into that reserve. Otherwise, both reserves good and clear.
FUNNEL: With an unknown touch mark probably indicating silver-gilt.
PERFUME BOTTLE: Glass, threaded top and stopper good.