Litron Cup Paysage Aux Oiseaux A.M.Royale


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.

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The Litron Cup: Also known as the “square cup”, it derives its name from the Latin word “libra”, which expressed a unit of liquid measurement. Its precise size is not consistent, however, as four variations with different measurements exist. The shape of the saucer, which always accompanied the cup, is noteworthy for its raised sides and deep well. read more...

The litron cup was first seen at the Vincennes factory in 1752, when the consumption of hot chocolate, tea and coffee began to grow in popularity. As the shape of a tea cup evolved to be a different shape from that of a coffee cup, the litron shape became strictly associated with the consumption of coffee. Interestingly, until the beginning of the XXth century, it was quite acceptable etiquette to pour a small amount of hot coffee from a litron cup into its saucer to cool coffee before drinking. The litron cup is almost always a separate collection from a dinnerware service: it is a unique object, decorated with many original designs on a timeless shape. Thus, the litron cup represents the changing styles from different eras and this unique characteristic renders the historical cups and saucers collection from the Ancienne Manufacture Royale even more collectible.