A Saint-Cloud Knife and Fork, circa 1720-40

These Saint-Cloud porcelain pistol-grip knife and fork hafts are 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 knife has a curved steel blade, and the fork has two steel tines. Silver ferrules and caps.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: The fork has a 3 cm section of the haft restuck. The knife is perfect.

Dimensions: Length of knife 26 cm (including blade); Length of fork 21.8 cm (including tines)

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

Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco – The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).