- Museum number
Vase; soft-paste porcelain, globular with six moulded 'ribs' on the body, flared foot-rim, unevenly glazed; decorated in underglaze-blue with scrolls and stylised leaves on the body, a zigzag pattern on the foot, and trellis pattern with dots on the neck; thick colourless glaze is visible at the top of the ribs; glaze on the foot is opaque; no marks.
- Production date
- 1700-1710 (circa)
Height: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
The form of this vase, which may once have had a cover, is reminiscent of a marked Saint-Cloud potpourri in the Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris (Illus. Frégnac, Claude (ed.), ‘Les porcelainiers du XVIIIe siècle français’, Paris, 1964, p. 57), although it has no 'ribs' in relief. A vase with 'ribs' from a French private collection, apparently unmarked, was exhibited at the Musée historique du Pare de Saint-Cloud in May-June 1980 (Fourest, Henri-Pierrs and Le Duc, Geneviève, ‘La porcelaine de Saint-Cloud’, Musée historique du Parc de Saint-Cloud, May-June 1980, no. 16, p. 5, illus.). A vase from the Chavagnac Collection, measuring 16 cm in height and extremely similar in appearance to the Museum example, was attributed without hesitation by its owner to the Saint-Cloud factory (see comparable examples).
The colour of the body and glaze of this piece (with the exception of the blue-toned glaze on the foot) can be usefully compared with that of the salt-cellar Franks.330.
The decoration suggests an early eighteenth-century date.
Comparable Examples: Comte X. de Chavagnac Collection, sold, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 19 June 1911, Lot 64, sold to'de Chavagnac' for 405 francs.
Literature: Savage, George, ‘Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Porcelain’, London, 1960, pl/ 2b; 1970 edition, colour illus. on jacket.
- On display (G46/dc16)
- Exhibition history
1999 14 Jul-24 Oct, USA, New York, Bard Graduate Centre, St. Cloud Porcelain
- Chip to rim.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Other BM number: FB.26 (Franks reg.no)