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walking-cane

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Franks.353

  • Description

    Cane handle; soft-paste porcelain, partly hollow; decorated on the upper surface in blue, green, yellow, red and brown enamels with flowers in the Kakiemon style and in red with a dancing figure in Watteauesque costume; inscription in black; no marks.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1740 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        lower part
      • Inscription Content

        Ta maitresse tes fidel, vie Content.
      • Inscription Translation

        Your mistress is faithful to you, live happily.
      • Inscription Comment

        Painted in black.
  • Curator's comments

    Dawson 1994
    The figure of Pierrot is of theatrical derivation. The inscription can be translated 'Your mistress is faithful to you, live happily'.

    Comparable Examples:
    1) Sceaux, Musée de l'Ile de France, with same inscription, inv. 86.6.24.
    2) Christie's, 28 October 1963, Lot 72, property of a nobleman, inscribed ‘L'on a beaucoup destine pour toy’
    3) See Reg. no. Franks.352.

    Literature: Franks, Sir Augustus Wollaston, ‘Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain’, London, 1896, no. 353.

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  • Bibliography

    • Franks 1896 353 bibliographic details
    • Dawson 1994 54 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    Franks.353

Cane handle; soft-paste porcelain, partly hollow; decorated on the upper surface in blue, green, yellow, red and brown enamels with flowers in the Kakiemon style and in orange and brown with a standing figure of a man in a fanciful oriental costume, holding a bird; inscription in black; no marks.

Cane handle; soft-paste porcelain, partly hollow; decorated on the upper surface in blue, green, yellow, red and brown enamels with flowers in the Kakiemon style and in orange and brown with a standing figure of a man in a fanciful oriental costume, holding a bird; inscription in black; no marks.

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