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

 

The early cannon-shaped hafts are 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 ends of the hafts are painted with a stylised flower head. Steel fittings, and silver ferrules and decorative flower head caps. The blade has a cutler's mark, and the fork has two tines on a baluster stem.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: The knife is perfect; the fork haft has a 4 cm hairline. No other damage and no restoration.

Dimensions: Knife length 22.2 cm (including blade); Fork length 20.2 cm (including tines)

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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