Tazza from a Sèvres service given by Louis XV to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, £6600 at Adam Partridge.

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Although catalogued as 19th century, this soft paste tazza has the date letter E for 1758 and is part of a floral-decorated service given by Louis XV to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

In good condition apart from two small chips to the underside, it has a slight variation in the decoration to a plate from this service that was sold as part of the Zieseniss collection at Christie’s Paris in December 2001 for €10,000. Estimated at £200-300, Partridge’s tazza took £6600.


Three Sèvres tasses à glace, £4400 at Adam Partridge.

The four lots of Sèvres from the same estate collection were all deemed 18th century pieces by bidders. A set of three tasses à glace decorated with oval panels of flowers to a salmon pink and tooled gilt ground were in the style of the 1758 Duc de Richelieu service, although one had the date letter X for 1775. Estimated at £300-500, they took £4400.

Christie’s New York sold four similar cups in its sale of the Vincennes and Sevres Porcelain from a New England Collection in May 1999 for $6000.


Sèvres bleu celeste teapot and cover, £3600 at Adam Partridge.

In Macclesfield, a diminutive 3½in (9cm) high teapot and cover with an applied flower head final and panels carried the date letter A for 1754 and the bleu celeste ground colour first introduced at the factory in 1753. It made £3600 (estimate £200-300), while a similar footed cream jug with the date letter B for 1755 brought £1800 against a nominal guide of £150-200.