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An image of Inkstand by Saint-Cloud porcelain factory

Saint-Cloud porcelain factory

(France circa 1693 – 1766)

Title
Inkstand
Year
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
Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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