Two Saint-Cloud Knives, circa 1700-20

The early cannon-shaped hafts are attractively painted 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 ends of the hafts are painted with a stylised flower head. Both blades are stamped BERGERAULT BVARD ST DENIS A PARIS.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: Excellent – no damage or restoration.

Dimensions: Length 24.6 cm (including blade); Length 24.1 cm (including blade)

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

French Porcelain: A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection, Aileen Dawson (British Museum Press, 2000).

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