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Title

Inkstand


Artist

Saint-Cloud porcelain factory

France

circa 1693 - 1766


About

The only recorded example of its kind in Saint-Cloud porcelain, this elaborate inkstand features an inkwell, sand shaker, sponge tray, candle sconce, drawer and other small pots. The decoration of insects in underglaze blue is highly unusual and reflects the enlightenment fascination with all forms of zoology along with the increasing availability of illustrated entomological literature. Similar insects are found on a sauceboat in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, thought to date c1730–50. Here the rectilinear design, the style of the palmette handles and the diaper pattern on the drawer front all seem to imply a slightly earlier date.


Details


Date

circa 1720-1730


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

soft-paste porcelain


Dimensions

10.0 x 22.8 x 12.4 cm


Credit

On loan from Kenneth Reed


Accession number

L2012.40.a-l


Artist information

Saint-Cloud porcelain factory

Works in the collection

2


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 13 (colour illus.). cat.no. 1