Historical Litron Bernardaud cups

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Historical Litron Bernardaud cups

The Historical Litron Bernardaud Cups Collection boasts 32 stunning tea sets, each featuring a cup and saucer. These sets are inspired by iconic historical designs crafted by Bernardaud’s Ancienne Manufacture Royale in Limoges during the 18th and 19th centuries.

These porcelain pieces showcase traditional French artistic styles, with their distinctive ornamental patterns and subtle details. Over time, these cups were meticulously crafted by skilled artisans and artists, some of whom catered to esteemed royal figures such as Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, and the Russian Empress Catherine II.

Ancienne Manufacture Royale: Historical Litron Bernardaud Cups

Bernardaud acquired Ancienne Manufacture Royale (AMR) in 1986, marking a significant departure from tradition.

Unlike its historical roots, where it was once under the patronage of Louis XVI and later integrated with the Sevres Manufacture, today’s AMR operates independently, preferring innovation over convention.

Rather than strictly preserving traditional skills, AMR encourages experimentation and embraces modern techniques, fostering a dynamic environment where creativity thrives.

Instead of solely reproducing masterpieces from past centuries, AMR collaborates with contemporary artists to create new, original works that challenge conventions and push boundaries.

While honoring French porcelain heritage, AMR also looks forward, forging its path in the world of art and design.

By reimagining history in a fresh and unconventional way, AMR invites us to see the past through a contemporary lens, sparking dialogue and exploration in the present.

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  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Aux Perroquets A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 327,00€.Current price is: 288,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 288,00.

    The original of the litron cup Aux Perroquets is housed in the National Ceramics Museum in Sèvres, France.
    Armand Sr. specialized in the depiction of live birds by painting them while in their birdcages in the Garden of Plants in Paris. He imbued his subjects with human-like qualities.
    This approach was contrary to the approach of his contemporaries who painted from etchings done by natural scientists. This cup with its image of embroidered silk is typical of the Sèvres workshops during a period when the search for material effects is favored.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Paysage Aux Oiseaux A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 385,00€.Current price is: 339,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 339,00.

    The litron cup Paysage Aux Oiseaux was presented in 1786. Original is housed in the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris.
    The theme of birds comes back in fashion in the XVIIIth century. After a period of realism that prevailed around the time of the publishing of Buffon’s “Natural History of Birds”, here we see a return to more fantastical representations of birds.
    Denis Levé, who produced this cup in the Sèvres workshops, was a remarkable bird painter and was often called upon to work with ornithologists.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Aux Peches A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 441,00€.Current price is: 389,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 389,00.

    The original of the litron cup Aux Peches is housed in the National Ceramics Museum in Sèvres, France.
    Etienne-Henri Legay, employed by the Sèvres workshops from 1793 to 1800, produced miniatures and still life paintings.
    A specialist in painting flowers and executing gold detailing, he created this design as if it were an oil painting, a fashion that the Sèvres workshops had developed for years. The enchanting charm of the cup is found in the extraordinary harmony of its luxurious medallions and rich detailing.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Paysages a la Barque A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 441,00€.Current price is: 389,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 389,00.

    The litron cup Paysages a la Barque was presented in 1778. Original is housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
    The painter Pierre-Joseph Rosset, who created this cup in the Sèvres workshops, returns to a style that was fashionable at Versailles. A talented floral painter before he began pursuing landscapes, he worked in the Sèvres workshops for forty years. The base of the cup is characterized by a “partridge eye” design, thus marking the era and underlining the unique cachet of this cup. The original belonged to Mrs. Adolphe Thiers, who bequeathed it to the Louvre Museum in 1880.

Ancienne Manufacture Royale & The Invention of Historical Litron Bernardaud Cups

The square-shaped litron cup is known as the “litre cup” due to its Latin origin. The saucer accompanying this cup stands out with its flat edges and shallow design.

Originally introduced in 1752 at the Vincennes factory, the litron cup emerged during a time when people were just starting to fancy hot chocolate, tea, and coffee.

While teacups underwent changes over time to look different from coffee cups, the litron cup remained closely linked with coffee consumption.

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Historical Bernardaud Cups as a fusion of Style

The litron cup stands out as an individual piece, distinct from the rest of the dinner set: it’s a one-of-a-kind treasure decorated with a variety of original patterns on a timeless form.

As a result, the litron cup embodies a blend of styles spanning various eras, and this distinctive characteristic enhances the appeal of historical cups and saucers found in the Ancienne Manufacture Royale collection for collectors.

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    Litron Cup Fantaisies Cantharide A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 403,00€.Current price is: 355,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 355,00.

    The litron cup Fantaisies Cantharide was presented in 1789. Original is housed in the National Ceramics Museum in Sèvres, France.
    Purification rituals that occured every five years in Rome inspired the design of this cup, created in the Sèvres workshops. Fruits and fragrances are prevalently represented, but also “cantharide” powder and its aphrodisiac effects and connection to the Bacchus festival. The color palette recalls the golden green body of the “cantharide” insect which when dried and ground was made into this powder.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Aux Aigrettes A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 423,00€.Current price is: 373,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 373,00.

    The original of the litron cup Aux Aigrettes is housed in the Ile-de-France Museum in Sceaux, France.
    Here again, a natural design created by Etienne Evans, the unsurpassed master painter of insects and birds, who worked in the Sèvres workshops for over fifty years.
    The almost scientific execution of the tufted herons makes no allusions: an aesthetic sentiment prevails in such an idealistic relationship with nature, similar to the work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Aux Dauphins A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 461,00€.Current price is: 406,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 406,00.

    The litron cup Aux Dauphins was presented in 1781. Original is housed in the National Adrien Dubouché Museum in Limoges, France.
    Here we witness the celebration of the birth of the prince of France (often symbolized by a dolphin), first-born son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette; he died at the age of eight.
    The Sèvres workshops used the wealth of its resources to execute a design worthy of the prince. The original belonged to Maréchal de Saxe, and then to George Sand, the famous writer.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Paysage al Or A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 590,00€.Current price is: 520,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 520,00.

    The original of the litron cup Paysage al Or is housed in the Adrien Dubouché National Museum in Limoges.
    The matt red background and the technique of gold “à l’effet” characterize the know-how of Parisian decorators at the beginning of 19 th century. After baking, the matte gold is polished, using extremely fine hard stones,revealing patterns and landscapes or greater refinement, the artist of the manufacturer Pouyat used here golds of various shades.

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Historical Litron Bernardaud Cup Aux Perroquets – To the Parrots (1777 )

Armand Senior known for his artistic representation of stationary objects, chose to depict birds on this amazing cup while they were in motion, freely soaring through the open skies.

He infused them with natural qualities. This approach aligns with the methods of his contemporaries, who painted directly from observing nature rather than relying on printed references.

The artwork, resembling a rough sketch on parchment, is characteristic of the artisans of Sèvres porcelain during an era when the pursuit of realism was paramount.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Aux Perroquets A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 327,00€.Current price is: 288,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 288,00.

    The original of the litron cup Aux Perroquets is housed in the National Ceramics Museum in Sèvres, France.
    Armand Sr. specialized in the depiction of live birds by painting them while in their birdcages in the Garden of Plants in Paris. He imbued his subjects with human-like qualities.
    This approach was contrary to the approach of his contemporaries who painted from etchings done by natural scientists. This cup with its image of embroidered silk is typical of the Sèvres workshops during a period when the search for material effects is favored.

Historical Litron Bernardaud Cup Paysages a la barque  – Landscapes by Boat (1778)

Pierre-Joseph Rosset, an artist renowned for his work at the Sèvres workshops, diverges from contemporary trends with this cup, opting instead for a style reminiscent of the rustic charm found far from the opulence of Versailles.

Transitioning from floral to landscape artistry, Rosset spent four decades honing his craft within the walls of Sèvres.

The cup’s base boasts a distinctive pattern resembling the eye of a peacock, a departure from the norms of its time, imbuing it with an unmistakable allure.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Paysages a la Barque A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 441,00€.Current price is: 389,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 389,00.

    The litron cup Paysages a la Barque was presented in 1778. Original is housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
    The painter Pierre-Joseph Rosset, who created this cup in the Sèvres workshops, returns to a style that was fashionable at Versailles. A talented floral painter before he began pursuing landscapes, he worked in the Sèvres workshops for forty years. The base of the cup is characterized by a “partridge eye” design, thus marking the era and underlining the unique cachet of this cup. The original belonged to Mrs. Adolphe Thiers, who bequeathed it to the Louvre Museum in 1880.

Historical Litron Bernardaud Cup Aux Aigrettes  – To the Egrets (1792)

Étienne Evans, a renowned artist celebrated for his unparalleled skill in capturing the beauty of insects and birds, crafted the natural design on this beautiful litron Bernardaud cup.

He dedicated over fifty years of his life to honing his craft at the Sèvres workshops.

The egret’s depiction, almost scientific in its precision, leaves no room for doubt that the artist’s profound appreciation for nature reigns supreme.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Aux Aigrettes A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 423,00€.Current price is: 373,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 373,00.

    The original of the litron cup Aux Aigrettes is housed in the Ile-de-France Museum in Sceaux, France.
    Here again, a natural design created by Etienne Evans, the unsurpassed master painter of insects and birds, who worked in the Sèvres workshops for over fifty years.
    The almost scientific execution of the tufted herons makes no allusions: an aesthetic sentiment prevails in such an idealistic relationship with nature, similar to the work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Historical Litron Bernardaud Cup Paysages aux oiseaux  – Landscapes with Birds (1786)

In the 18th century, there was a resurgence of interest in birds as a theme. While Buffon’s “Natural History of Birds” was dominating the scene with its realistic portrayal, there emerged a trend towards more imaginative representations.

Denis Leve, an acclaimed artist known for his work at the Sèvres workshops, was often sought after by ornithologists for collaboration.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Paysage Aux Oiseaux A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 385,00€.Current price is: 339,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 339,00.

    The litron cup Paysage Aux Oiseaux was presented in 1786. Original is housed in the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris.
    The theme of birds comes back in fashion in the XVIIIth century. After a period of realism that prevailed around the time of the publishing of Buffon’s “Natural History of Birds”, here we see a return to more fantastical representations of birds.
    Denis Levé, who produced this cup in the Sèvres workshops, was a remarkable bird painter and was often called upon to work with ornithologists.

Historical Litron Bernardaud Cup Nature morte aux peches – Still Life with Peaches  (1795) 

Étienne-Henri Le Guay, who was active in the workshops from 1793 to 1800, crafted miniature natur mortes.

He was known for his expertise in floral arrangements and mastery of goldwork, presenting his designs akin to the style of an oil painting.

This artistic approach was cultivated by the Sèvres workshops throughout numerous years.

The cup’s captivating allure lies in its remarkable contrast with the opulent medallion and lavish background.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Aux Peches A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 441,00€.Current price is: 389,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 389,00.

    The original of the litron cup Aux Peches is housed in the National Ceramics Museum in Sèvres, France.
    Etienne-Henri Legay, employed by the Sèvres workshops from 1793 to 1800, produced miniatures and still life paintings.
    A specialist in painting flowers and executing gold detailing, he created this design as if it were an oil painting, a fashion that the Sèvres workshops had developed for years. The enchanting charm of the cup is found in the extraordinary harmony of its luxurious medallions and rich detailing.

Historical Litron Bernardaud Cup Aux Dauphins  – To the Dolphins (1781)  

The magnificent dolphin adorns the cup, marking the celebration of the French Prince’s birthday.

This cup holds the memory of the unfortunate fate of the first child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who passed away at the tender age of eight.

Crafted with utmost care and dedication, the artisans at the Sevres workshops spared no expense in creating a design fit for royalty.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Aux Dauphins A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 461,00€.Current price is: 406,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 406,00.

    The litron cup Aux Dauphins was presented in 1781. Original is housed in the National Adrien Dubouché Museum in Limoges, France.
    Here we witness the celebration of the birth of the prince of France (often symbolized by a dolphin), first-born son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette; he died at the age of eight.
    The Sèvres workshops used the wealth of its resources to execute a design worthy of the prince. The original belonged to Maréchal de Saxe, and then to George Sand, the famous writer.

Historical Litron Bernardaud Cup Paysage a l’or – Landscape in Gold (1800)  

In the early 19th century, Parisian decorators were known for their bold experimentation with vibrant hues against a backdrop of rich matte reds.

Employing a technique dubbed à l’effet, they eschewed traditional gold embellishments in favor of intricate designs created through the careful application of finely textured materials.

Following the firing process, skilled artisans meticulously polished minute dots of matte gold, crafting elaborate motifs, intricate landscapes, and an array of ornate decorations.

To heighten the visual impact, artists at the Pouyat workshops deftly employed gold in varying shades, resulting in a mesmerizing interplay of color and texture.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Paysage al Or A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 590,00€.Current price is: 520,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 520,00.

    The original of the litron cup Paysage al Or is housed in the Adrien Dubouché National Museum in Limoges.
    The matt red background and the technique of gold “à l’effet” characterize the know-how of Parisian decorators at the beginning of 19 th century. After baking, the matte gold is polished, using extremely fine hard stones,revealing patterns and landscapes or greater refinement, the artist of the manufacturer Pouyat used here golds of various shades.

Historical Litron Bernardaud Cup Cantharide – Cantharide (1789) 

Craftsmen from Sèvres were moved to design this cup by the biannual purification ceremony in Rome.

The cup’s design mainly features floral patterns and scents, alongside a hint of Spanish fly essence, known for its soporific effects, signifying a connection with the Bacchus cult.

Its color scheme mirrors the dull, earthy tones of the Spanish fly’s exoskeleton – a beetle that, when desiccated, turns into a fine powder.

  • Historical Cups

    Litron Cup Fantaisies Cantharide A.M.Royale

    Original price was: 403,00€.Current price is: 355,00€.

    Previous lowest price was 355,00.

    The litron cup Fantaisies Cantharide was presented in 1789. Original is housed in the National Ceramics Museum in Sèvres, France.
    Purification rituals that occured every five years in Rome inspired the design of this cup, created in the Sèvres workshops. Fruits and fragrances are prevalently represented, but also “cantharide” powder and its aphrodisiac effects and connection to the Bacchus festival. The color palette recalls the golden green body of the “cantharide” insect which when dried and ground was made into this powder.

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