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Writing-set; soft-paste porcelain; pen-tray and cover moulded with rococo ornament and with leaves in shallow relief either side of central depression; cover surmounted by applied leaf-and-fruit finial; ink-pot and pounce-pot with pierced top, both of barrel form, and taper stick, each fitting into depression on the pen-tray; tray decorated with naturalistic flowers in pink, yellow and blue on pale yellow ground with pink and green for details; well of two outer depressions and interior of pen-tray painted in turquoise enamel; base of each component part is unglazed but inkpot and pen-tray have adhesions; pounce-pot has splash of glaze; base of taper-stick and central well on tray pierced with circular hole; decoration on pots of naturalistic flowers on white ground; taper-stick with yellow, pink and turquoise decoration on moulded knop, and purple, blue and yellow pattern on nozzle; gilt line on base and around top of knop; stylised landscapes painted either side of finial of cover, with touches of gilding; unmarked.
- Production date
Height: 7.90 centimetres (taper-stick)
Length: 21.30 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
Another similar inkstand from the Barkla Collection, Australia, was with Klaber & Klaber, see their Summer Catalogue 2003, no. 14 (col. ill.), dated to 1758-60.
A paper label on the inkpot inscribed in ink 'C. Borradaile/24.5.13' may indicate its date of purchase by Borradaile.
A writing set of the same form but decorated with chinoiserie scenes is in the Derby Museum (illustrated F. A. Barrett and A. L. Thorpe, 'Derby Porcelain 1750-1848', London, 1971, pl. 80), and another with landscape scenes was in the trade in 1978 and was reproduced in H. G. Bradley (ed.) 'Ceramics of Derbyshire 1750-1975', London, 1978, advertisements section.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987 Jun 10-Jun 15, London, International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Ltd, 'International Ceramics Fair and Seminar'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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