An Early Saint Cloud Blue and White Vase
19.1 cm high
The vase of baluster form with slightly flaring rim, finely painted in a dark blue with four bands of formal lambrequin ornament incorporating vases of flowers and foliage scrolls.
These earliest and rarest of Saint Cloud wares are characterised by their fine draughtsmanship in an intense inky blue under a brilliant glassy glaze.
The Saint Cloud manufactory was certainly soft-paste porcelain by 1693 and is the considered the first commercially viable porcelain factory of Europe.
In the past, some of these pieces were attributed to the Rouen factory of Louis Poterat and indeed someone has written Poterat in pencil on the unglazed base.
Condition – Broken into three pieces with one small triangular section missing
Provenance – John Hewett Collection
Literature – A pair of vases of somewhat similar shape forming a part garniture with two beaker vases in the Musée des Arts Decoratif (MAD 27643a,b) have been dated between 1690 and 1700
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