- Museum number
Salt-cellar; soft-paste porcelain; lead-glazed; of waisted form, flared foot moulded with a ribbed pattern near the base and on the projecting rim; painted in underglaze-blue with a stylised flower and scroll pattern enclosed on the inner rim only with a blue line, and in the central well with a 'style rayonnant' pattern; painted blue line on outer surface of rim and foot.
- Production date
- 1700-1710 (circa)
Diameter: 8.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
This piece is comparable with Franks.329 although it differs slightly in both its dimensions and decoration, which is slightly less elaborate. Further variations on the decorative theme can be found on a salt-cellar in the Victoria and Albert Museum1 (Illus. in Honey, William B., ‘French Porcelain of the 18th Century’, London, 1950, pl. 6a) and on another in the collection belonging to Simon Goldblatt, Esq., which was sold at Sotheby's in 1956 (Sotheby's, 1 May 1956, Lot 85, bearing the mark of a cottage).
Literature: Franks, Sir Augustus Wollaston, ‘Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain’, London, 1896, no. 330.
1) Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs, inv. D 33199, similar pattern, sun face mark, D. 8.2 cm
2) Private Collection, illus. Dallot-Naudin and Jacob, ‘Saint-Cloud I’ 1983, p. 77.
- Not on display
- Rim chipped.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number