- Museum number
Cane-handle; soft-paste porcelain, hollow, moulded with ribs which continue on the pommel except for the centre; painted in underglaze-blue with a zigzag and circle pattern at the lower end, a Bérainesque motif, and on the pommel a stylised flower; no marks.
- Production date
- 1700-1725 (circa)
Height: 5.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
Cane-handles were made during the early part of the factory's existence and this example, on the evidence of its decoration, can be probably dated to the beginning of the eighteenth century. Ribbed moulded handles such as this survive in much smaller quantity than simpler pommel forms, which are known in several sizes. Some can be found in the Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, and see Malgras, Gilbert-Jean, (ed.), ‘Porcelaines tendres françaises’, Paris, 1983, p. 77, private collection, and p. 85, private collection.
For a study of cane-handles, see C. Dike and G. Bezzaz, ‘La canne, objet d'art’, Paris, 1988.
Comparable Examples: Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs, inv. D30348, H. 5 cm, painted with similar motifs.
Literature: Franks, Sir Augustus Wollaston, ‘Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain’, London, 1896, no. 334.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number