AN EARLY VINCENNES POMADE POT AND COVER (POT À POMADE)

AN EARLY VINCENNES POMADE POT AND COVER (POT A POMADE)

Circa 1746
6.2 cm high

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).

Condition:
Section of body restuck with associated chip filled

Provenance:
E & H Manners

References:
For a similar example in the Philadelphia Museum of Art see Gwilt 2014, p. 87, no. 35 and pp. 86-89

Exhibited:
‘Early French Soft Paste Porcelain’, E&H Manners February 2021, no 28

Price: £6,000