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.
- 1740 (circa)
- Factory in: Mennecy
- (Europe,France,Ile-de-France (département),Essonne,Mennecy)
- Height: 6.1 centimetres
Inscription Positionlower part
Inscription ContentTa maitresse tes fidel, vie Content.
Inscription TranslationYour mistress is faithful to you, live happily.
Inscription CommentPainted in black.
The figure of Pierrot is of theatrical derivation. The inscription can be translated 'Your mistress is faithful to you, live happily'.
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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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, holdi
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