Cane Handle, Saint-Cloud, soft paste porcelain, c.1720-40


The top of this Saint-cloud porcelain cane handle is finely painted in underglaze blue with a stylised flower head surrounded by foliate ornaments. The lower portion is encircled by a narrow band of cross-hatching above a cell border.

Condition: No cracks or restoration. The painted decoration is especially attractive. There is a tiny flaw to the side of the handle. This is an original manufacturing fault, probably the result of an impurity being fired out of the paste in the kiln. There are one or two pinhead nicks to the base rim.

Dimensions: Height 3.7 cm

This is the middle size of three Saint-Cloud cane handles currently in our inventory.

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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