Life and training of embroiderers, £8.99
Diameter: 18.600 cm (without
Height: 16.800 cm
Bequeathed by Sir A.W. Franks
M&ME Franks 506
Room 46: Europe 1400-1800
Vincennes, France, about AD 1748
Perseus rescuing Andromeda
The two well-executed
polychrome scenes on a white ground show Perseus and Andromeda, and
The scene of Perseus rescuing Andromeda is based on a painting by François Lemoyne (1688-1737) which is now in the Wallace Collection, London. The reclining Venus in a landscape is probably based on a painting by François Boucher (1703-1770).
The cooler has realistically modelled and painted twig handles with apple blossoms and leaves, and is elaborately decorated with a mosaic pattern with stylized flowers within a lozenge, and ornament in puce.
A. Dawson, A catalogue of French porcelai, revised paperback edition (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)