Fork, Chantilly, tin-glazed soft paste porcelain, c.1735-40


Of pistol form, this fork is painted in Kakiemon colours with a man greeting an anthropomorphic rat. Carrying a red banner and holding out his right hand in greeting, the man wears a brown hat, blue frock coat, yellow breeches, and brown stockings. Standing on his hind legs, the rat wears a red frock coat and holds a staff. Beside the rat is a hollow rock from which issue large, exotic flowers. Decoration of this type is especially rare. Fitted with a silver cap and ferrule. The two-tine steel fork is probably German.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: No damage or restoration. The decoration is particularly well painted, with only very light wear consistent with use. The steel fork has a little age-related tarnishing.

Dimensions: Length 19.8 cm (including tines)

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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