A Saint-Cloud Trembleuse Saucer, circa 1730-50

The decoration of this Saint-Cloud trembleuse saucer is in the manner of the blanc de chine porcelains of Dehua, in Fukien province. The prunus branches laden with blossom have been moulded separately, the sprigged designs then applied in a formation of three.

None of the Saint-Cloud pieces inspired by the Dehua prunus branch pattern bears a mark.

The ivory-toned paste of Saint-Cloud is visually very similar to that of Dehua porcelain of the 17th and early 18th century.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: No damage or restoration. From manufacture, there are a few small clay tears and pinholes within the paste.

Dimensions: Diameter 12.4 cm 

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