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Title

Inkstand

circa 1720-1730

Artist

Saint-Cloud porcelain factory

France

circa 1693 - 1766

  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    L2012.40.a-l
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Saint-Cloud porcelain factory

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    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.

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