Knife Haft, Saint-Cloud, soft paste porcelain, c.1720-40

 

This Saint-cloud porcelain pistol-grip knife haft is decorated 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 haft is fitted with a silver ferrule, and the curved steel blade is stamped with an unclear cutler's mark.

Condition: The blue underpainting is clear and of a good hue. The silver cap is lacking from the end of the handle, and there is a shallow chip to the underside, with associated slight damage beneath the ferrule. No other damage or restoration.

Dimensions: Length (including blade) 21 cm

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

 

 
       
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