- Museum number
Sugar Bowl and Cover ('sucrier et son couvercle'); soft-paste porcelain, with three groups of applied prunus sprays on pot and cover; cover slightly domed, with triangular knop and well fitting lid; no marks.
- Production date
- 1740-1750 (circa)
Height: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
The prunus moulding was probably copied from Meissen and ultimately derives from ‘blanc de Chine’ porcelain.
The surface of the bowl has numerous pinholes and small firecracks and the cover has a greyish appearance resulting from the large number of black specks in the paste. The piece may have been made at the Saint-Cloud factory as a second-quality item, or perhaps produced at a branch of the factory, or even made by an imitator.
A sugar bowl which resembles this and several cups and saucers can be seen in Francois Boucher's painting ‘Le Déjeuner’, dated 1739 in the Louvre Museum, Paris.
Comparable Examples: Allen, Armin, B., ‘The Henry C. and Martha L. Isaacson Collection’, London, June 1989 (catalogue of a selling exhibition), no. 54.
Literature: Franks, Sir Augustus Wollaston, ‘Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain’, London, 1896, no. 341.
- Not on display
- Rim of bowl chipped.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number