This appears to be a unique form in Chantilly porcelain, though examples in faience from Sincenny and Strasbourg are known. It has sometimes been suggested that they were spittoons, but a Hanong Strasbourg example of about 1735 is formed with screw thread at the end of the spout and is clearly intended to receive an attachment, presumably a feeding teat. The daisy-like flower has sometimes been described as a tobacco flower, this seems uncertain.
Provenance – Pierre de Regaini, 6 Rue de Beaune, Paris, 7 October 1972
The Lady Cynthia Postan Collection
Literature – Geneviève Le Duc, Porcelaine Tendre de Chantilly au XVIIIème Siècle,
Paris, 1996, p.82
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