Knife, duc de Villeroy, Mennecy, soft paste porcelain, c.1740


Dating from the early duc de Villeroy period of Mennecy, the cannon-shaped haft is decorated with chinoiserie vignettes in a distinctive Kakiemon palette of yellow, blue, red, and turquoise. A man wearing a yellow robe stands before a kneeling figure, the latter clasping a parasol. Other scenes depict exotic foliage and pavillions. Fitted with a silver ferrule and cap, and a steel blade of French type, stamped with a cutler's mark.

Provenance: The Darblay Collection, Paris; an English Private Collection.

Condition: Possibly a small area of restoration close to the ferrule. Wear to the enamel decoration.

Dimensions: Length 22.5 cm (including blade)

French Porcelain: A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection, Aileen Dawson (British Museum Press, 2000).

French Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century, Christopher Maxwell (V&A Publishing, 2009).

Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco - The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).




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