Knife, Saint-Cloud, soft paste porcelain, c.1700-20


The tapering, flattened ogee haft is attractively painted in underglaze blue with Renaissance-inspired lambrequin designs loosely derived from the broderie ornaments of the designer Jean Berain (1640-1711) and his followers. The steel blade of French type is stamped with a cutler's mark of a crown above a crescent. Silver cap and ferrule, the latter marked.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: No chips, cracks, or restoration. There is a tiny dimple to the silver ferrule.

Dimensions: Length 25 cm (including blade)

Discovering the Secrets of Soft-Paste Porcelain at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory, c.1690-1766, Bertrand Rondot, Ed. (BGC / Yale, 1999).

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

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



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