Rare Bonbonnière in the form of a Cat, Mennecy, soft paste porcelain, c.1750-60

 

This porcelain bonbonnière is modelled as a scowling cat on a grassy mound. The fur is picked out in shades of grey and yellow, and great care has been taken by the artist in capturing the cat's fierce expression.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: Unmounted and the cover lacking. There is a minute loss to the tip of the right ear. No other damage or restoration.

Dimensions (at the base): Length 5.6 cm; Width 3.3 cm; Height 3.3 cm

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).

 

   
 
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