Sugar Box and Cover, Saint-Cloud, soft paste porcelain, c.1740
Decorated with applied prunus sprigging, in the manner of Chinese Dehua blanc de chine wares from Fukien province.
The porcelain unmarked.
The silver mounts are probably nineteenth century, although attractive and of good quality. They are stamped with a French import mark of a swan, for 1893 onwards.
Condition: There is a small Y-shaped crack to the cover. No other damage, and no restoration.
Dimensions: Height (to top of knop) 12.2 cm
Discovering the Secrets of Soft-Paste Porcelain at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory, c.1690-1766, Bertrand Rondot, Ed. (BGC / Yale, 1999).
Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century French Porcelain, George Savage (Barrie & Rockliff, 1960).
Eighteenth-century French Porcelain in the Ashmolean Museum, Aileen Dawson (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1996).
French Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century, Christopher Maxwell (V&A Publishing, 2009).
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