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Collections > Ceramics > Cup and Saucer, c.1860
Cup and Saucer, c.1860
Cup and saucer, c.1860
Hard-paste porcelain, enamel and gold
This cup and saucer, with the imperial coat of arms surrounded by gold bees, is a fake. The decoration, associated with Napoleon, features on both the cup and the saucer. Both are marked 'M Imp/le' and 'de Sevres' with a date mark for 1804. The rise of the legend of Napoleon, particularly during the mid 19th century, fuelled an increase in demand in Napoleonic memorabilia, and fakes and forgeries were created to supply the demand.
Height of cup: 6.5 cm; Diameter of saucer: 13 cm.
Enid Goldblatt Collection
Purchased from the assistance of V&A Purchase Grant Fund
Artist / Maker: French Porcelain
Object Type: cup and saucer
Actual Date: c.1860
Century: 19th century
Materials: Hard-paste porcelain, Gold
Museum Accession Number: 1988.370/Cer