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Flask and stopper; stoneware; moulded ribbing on oval foot and cover; rudimentary handles in form of female heads; dark brown glaze, decorated in gold and with traces of bronze-coloured lacquer, with Chinese figure scene and with deer and house in landscape; unmarked.
- Production date
Height: 17.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1985
The shape is listed in the factory's 1711 inventory, see Claus Bolz, 'Formen des Böttgersteinzeugs im Jahre 1711', Keramik Freunde der Schweiz, Nr. 96, March 1982, p. 30, Form 103 'Boutillie godron, auf beyden selten mit einen Köpffgen'; some examples were described as 'Schwarz glassurt'. There are two other flasks of similar form in the Franks Collection, a matt red example (Franks 4) and a polished red example with matching cover (Franks 5; its pair was sold as a duplicate, 1958, in order to purchase the 'Stonyhurst Salt'.)
An example decorated with coloured lacquers (including green, gold, blue etc.) is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. 43.100.38) (illustrated G. Savage, 18th-Century German Porcelain, London, 1958, pl. 5).
The motif of a deer, facing right, can be seen on a lacquered flask of similar shape sold at Sotheby's, 8 July 1969, lot 12.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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