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Egg Cup; soft-paste porcelain; heavily potted, with a slightly milky lead-glaze; lower part of the cup and foot moulded with a ribbed pattern, underneath of foot turned; decorated with a delicately painted scroll and stylised flower pattern on the foot and near rim, and with a cell pattern at upper end of stem; maker's mark.
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Height: 9.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1994
By analysis it has been established that the glaze of this egg cup contains around 2% tin, BMRL 31602X. Two grotesque figures marked .D. V. also have a milky look to the glaze; these have not been analysed, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Rita and Frits Markus Collection, inv. 1982, 778, 779. Hawes, Vivian S., and Corsiglia, Christina S., ‘The Rita and Frits Markus Collection of European Ceramics & Enamels’, Boston (Mass.), 1984, pl. XII, no. 55.
Underglaze-blue painted decoration on Villeroy-Mennecy porcelain, with the exception of knife-handles, is rare.* The heaviness of the piece, its moulding, style of decoration and unusual mark suggest an early date of manufacture. A silver egg cup by Aymé Joubert with Paris hallmarks for 1725-6, which has a gadrooned foot, is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (A. Grüber, ‘L’Argenterie de Maison du XVIe au XIXe siècle’, Fribourg, 1982, fig. 212, p. 156).
*A teapot and two small pots and covers painted in underglaze-blue from the Musée des arts décoratifs, château de Saumur are illustrated by Duchon, Nicole, ‘La Manufacture du porcelaine de Mennecy Villeroy’, Le Mée-sur-Seine, 1988, p. 27, who presumably attributes them to Villeroy-Mennecy even in the absence of a factory mark. A tobacco jar and cover marked D, V, its silver-gilt mount bearing the discharge mark for Louis Robin, 1735-8, carefully painted in underglaze-blue with scrolls and stylised flowers, and two blue bands near the foot, is illustrated by D. Gage and M. Marsh, 'Tobacco Containers and Accessories', London, 1988, pp. 102-3.
Comparable Examples: C.W. Reynolds Collection, 1863, see W. Chaffers, ‘Marks and Monograms on Pottery and Porcelain’, London, 1863, p. 203.
Literature: Franks, Sir Augustus Wollaston, ‘Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain’, London, 1896, no. 354.
- On display (G46/dc16)
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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