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Toilet pot and cover; soft-paste porcelain with a lead glaze; cylindrical with a domed cover and flat button knop on stem; decorated in underglaze-blue with scroll ornament near the rims, two blue lines near the foot of the pot and one around the knop, which is painted with a stylised flower; maker's mark.
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Height: 8.80 centimetres (with cover)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dawson 1994:
The glaze has a rather 'glittery' appearance and the blue has 'flowed', to produce a rather blurred effect.
There was an enormous demand for pots to hold face cream, which were made by many if not all of the French porcelain factories. They were mostly cylindrical with a domed cover, but did vary in dimensions (Dallot-Naudin and Jacob, 'Mennency', 1983, p. 146), and at Bourg-la-Reine were distinctively mould-formed in six panels (Ibid. pp. 156-7, 160). No less than 862 pots à pommade of different sizes, undecorated, with relief decoration, or painted in blue or in colours are recorded in an inventory taken of stock at the Mennency outlet in the rue St Honoré on 26-9 July 1754 (Duchon, 1988, p. 140). They were valued at between 12 sols and 1 livre each. three different models of pot à pommade (en bottes de ble; en bottes de rave; en pelote de neige) were evidently in production in August 1762 when another inventory was taken. (Ibid, p. 144). Two sizes were made at Vincennes from 1752. At 96 livres when decorated with painted children and flowers and with a turquiose ground ((Exh. Vincennes, 1977-8, p. 81), the expensive Vincennes examples represent the other end of the production scale from this rather run-of-the-mill example. As late as February 1992 nine pots à pommade were among the porcelain ceded by 'sieur et dame Antheaume' to Potter on his purchase of the Chantilly factory (Chavagnac And Grollier, 1906, p. 80)
No information is available at present about the selling price of pots like these.
- Not on display
- Cover cracked.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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