- Museum number
Snuff-box top, or base; soft-paste porcelain; edge unglazed, decorated on both sides in opposite directions in green, yellow, blue, orange and gold with chinoiserie scenes of figures, a pagoda in front of a hill and a tree, and a plant, all outlined in orange.
- Production date
- 1730-1745 (circa)
Diameter: 7.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
Traces of wear around the rim on both sides suggest that this plaque was once mounted in silver or silver-gilt as the base or cover of a box. Examples of that form decorated in the same palette with similar scenes have been seen in the trade.1 The mounts on such boxes frequently bear the Paris ‘décharge’ mark of a griffin's head used by the ‘sous-fermier’ Hubert Louvet between 1732 and 1738 or the mark of a dog's head used by the ‘fermier’ Louis Robin from 1 October 1738 until September 1744.
1. For example with Vandermeersch, Paris, exh. International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Ltd., London, June 1988; an example in the Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, is illus. in Jarry, Madeleine, ‘Chinoiserie: Chinese influence on European decorative art, 17th and 18th centuries’, Fribourg and London, 1981, p. 109, fig. 111.
There are no comparable examples.
Literature: Tait, Hugh, ‘Porcelain’, London, 1962, pl. XVII; revised ed. 1972, pl. 17.
- Not on display
- Slight chip to rim.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number