Rare Egg Cup, soft paste porcelain, Saint-Cloud, France, c.1720-30
This rare Saint-Cloud egg cup (coquetier) with gadrooned moulding has a balustroid stem set on a domed pedestal foot.
The use of gadrooning was popular at the Saint-Cloud manufactory from the earliest time, and imitates the moulded decoration found on contemporary silver wares, whilst the creamy, slightly ivory soft paste body had a colour resembling the desirable Chinese porcelain wares produced at Dehua.
The same gadrooned moulding occurs on Saint-Cloud wine and glass coolers of this period. See the white porcelain wine coolers (7201, 33282 and 6067) at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, just tiny potting and firing irregularities, such as pinholes and a clay tear to the underside.
Dimensions: Height 8 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).
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