- Museum number
Tobacco Pot; soft-paste porcelain, cylindrical, slightly flared at foot, deep foot rim; moulded with two chrysanthemum sprays; incised maker's mark on base.
- Production date
- 1740-1750 (circa)
Height: 12.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
The form derives from a Chinese brush pot, and the appearance consciously imitates ‘blanc de Chine’ porcelain made in Fukien Province, China, and imported to Europe in the early eighteenth century. However, the chrysanthemums have been interpreted in purely Western fashion. An ill-fitting glaze and a small chip which has been glazed over indicate some problems of production.
Although no exactly comparable covered examples are known, this pot was almost certainly provided with a lid and may once have had a travelling box. Undecorated pots of unmarked soft-paste porcelain of the Saint-Cloud type, some mounted in silver as tobacco pots, have survived (See D. Gage and M. Marsh, ‘Tobacco Containers & Accessories, Their Place in European Social History’, London, 1988, pp. 87-91).
Comparable Examples: Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs, glazed dish on foot with similar relief and including an insect in the centre, inv. D33298.
- Not on display
- Chip to foot rim.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number