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Coffee cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Nyon (made)

  • Date:

    1790-1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nyon porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Louis C. G. Clarke

  • Museum number:

    C.223&A-1922

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case Z, shelf 2 []

  • Public access description

    A porcelain manufactory was founded in Nyon, near Lake Geneva, Switzerland, in 1781. Jacques Dortu, a German-born porcelain painter trained at the Royal Porcelain Manufactory at Berlin , and Ferdinand Mueller, who had worked in St. Petersburg. All the raw materials were imported, the kaolin came from Saint-Yrieux, near Limoges, France, and the enamel colours imported from Germany. The wares are known for their whiteness and bright colour palette. The factory closed in 1813.

  • Physical description

    Coffee cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. With borders of bunches of roses in crimson on a gilt dotted ground with continuous bands of rope pattern in black winding between them. Below are slight gilt swags of foliage and sprigs.

  • Descriptive line

    Coffee cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded, Nyon porcelain factory, Nyon, 1790-1810.

  • Collection code

    Ceramics Collection