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'Trembleuse' Cup and Saucer; creamy coloured soft-paste porcelain, heavily potted, moulded, the upper surface divided into panels by depressions, lobed rims and twig handle; the saucer, similarly moulded, has a lobed gallery; decorated in yellow, blue, green, red-brown and dark brown enamels with stylised flowers and a banded hedge in the Japanese Kakiemon style; red-brown trefoil leaf painted in centre; no marks.
- Production date
- 1740 (circa)
Diameter: 12.60 centimetres (saucer)
Height: 7.10 centimetres (cup)
- Curator's comments
The rim of the cup is incompletely glazed, each lobe being unglazed at its highest point. The blue enamel is overfired and the glaze shows signs of overfiring in the same area.
The banded hedge pattern, ultimately based on the decoration of Japanese Arita porcelains reaching Europe in the early eighteenth century, was one of the most popular motifs on early Western porcelains, especially at Meissen in the 1720s and 1730s, at Saint-Cloud in the 1730s and 1740s, at Chantilly from around 1730-5 and at Chelsea in the next decade.¹
The model was apparently also produced in a smaller size.²
1. Ayers, John, Impey, Oliver and Mallet, John, ‘Porcelain for Palaces: the fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750’, British Museum, London, July-November 1990, passim.
2. Christie's 3 July 1978, Lot 155, no measurements given but illustrated with cup resting on saucer, Parke-Bernet, New York, 3 April 1948, Lot 260, and see Frégnac, Claude (ed.), ‘Les porcelainiers du XVIIIe siècle français’, Paris, 1964, p. 72, where another in the Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, is illustrated with an example similar to the British Museum piece.
1) Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs, inv. D32940 A + B, illus. Frégnac, Claude (ed.), ‘Les porcelainiers du XVIIIe siècle français’, Paris, 1964, p. 72.
2) Denmark, Copenhagen, The David Collection, inv. 17/1972, illus. Eriksen, Svend, ‘The David Collection, French Porcelain’, Copenhagen, 1980, no. 8.
Literature: Franks, Sir Augustus Wollaston, ‘Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain’, London, 1896, no. 338.
Exhibited: 'Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750', British Museum, July-November 1990, cat. compiled by J. Ayers, O. Impey, J.V.G. Mallet, no. 313.
Compare with AF.3211
Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
A tall cup with sides unevenly fluted and wavy, spreading rim, equipped with a branch-like handle; the matching saucer has a raised, matching ring in the centre to hold it. Painted on each part in enamels closely after the Kakiemon style are designs of bamboo, pine and prunus growing by banded hedges. In the centre of the saucer is a trefoil leaf painted in red.
Sir A. W. Franks, 'Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain lent to the Bethnal Green Museum', South Kensington Museum, London, 1896, No. 338.
- Not on display
- Small hairline crack to cup.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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