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A rare Sèvres 'petit verd'-ground teapot and cover, circa 1765. Photo: Bonhams.

Théière 'Calabre' of the third size, painted by Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (l'âiné) with an oval bird vignette on each side, surrounded by an undulating pattern of blue shellwork against turquoise ground with gilt horizontal lines, the spout with entwined flower garland, the cover surmounted by a flower finial, 12.2cm high, interlaced LL monogram enclosing date letter M and painter's mark cp, impressed oo (2). Estimate £8,000 - 10,000 (€9,900 - 12,000)

A similarly decorated milk jug and cup and saucer from the same service was sold from the Van Slyke Collection, Sotheby's New York, 26 September 1989, lot 286, and again by Christie's New York, 21-22 October 2010, lot 616. A cup and saucer decorated with the blue and turquoise shellwork pattern is in the Wallace Collection, London, and a related teapot is in an English private collection (see Rosalind Savill, The Wallace Collection - Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, Vol. II (1988), no. C362, pp.537-538).

Bonhams. FINE EUROPEAN CERAMICS. London, New Bond Street18 Jun 2014 - http://www.bonhams.com/