Painted with figures in a continuous riverscape. This rare early piece already has the brilliant white paste developed by Gravant and is decorated in a style inspired by contemporary Meissen porcelain.
A pot à pomade or pot à fard generally formed part of a service de toilette and would have contained cosmetics. The toilette was an elaborate semi-public ritual in fashionable circles which required suitably glamorous accoutrements.
In some instances they could be used for artist’s colours, a surviving painter’s case of twenty Saint -Cloud blue and white pots in its original walnut case has each piece marked with handwritten labels indicating the colours. (Beaussant Lefèvre, l’Hôtel Drouot, 11 December 2020, lot 264).
Section of body restuck with associated chip filled
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For a similar example in the Philadelphia Museum of Art see Gwilt 2014, p. 87, no. 35 and pp. 86-89
‘Early French Soft Paste Porcelain’, E&H Manners February 2021, no 28