- Museum number
Toilet Pot and Cover (one of three); high-fired opaque earthenware body; moulded; pot and cover divided into four compartments by a depression, and ornamented with an applied flower; on the pot an applied leaf at either side of the flower near the rim, the inside of which is unglazed and discoloured; firecracks to cover, black specks, inclusions and pinholes in glaze; no marks.
- Production date
Height: 9.50 centimetres (with cover)
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
In set with 1988,1010.1 and 1988,1010.3.
The body, which is not in fact porcelain, and shape of these pots bear a superficial resemblance to the products of the Saint-Cloud factory (See, for example, a covered pot illus. Malgras, Gilbert-Jean, (ed.), ‘Porcelaines tendres françaises’, Paris, 1983, p. 102, whereabouts unknown, no measurements given) but the body is white rather than creamy, and the glaze is dull in appearance. The marks are not dissimilar to those on reg. no. 1931,1010.8, but are more crudely incised.
These pieces almost certainly correspond to the two original factory models from the showroom of Etablissement Edmé Samson, sold at Christie's, 24 September 1979, Lot 34, which measured 9.5 cm and 7.5 cm in height.
A rather similar mark, including the X, all in dots, has been noted on a glass cooler decorated with gold foil and with red and green enamels (Metropolitan Museum, New York, inv. 50.211.135.). Both the body and the foot rim are unlike Saint-Cloud products.
1) Sotheby's 'Black Museum', pair exhibited 1983, no. 42 in handlist kept on file. (The author is grateful to Gordon Lang of Sotheby's for this information.)
2) USA, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, inv. R.62.12, L. 9.7 cm.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number