A LOOSDRECHT PINK GROUND CUP AND SAUCER

A LOOSDRECHT PINK GROUND CUP AND SAUCER

Circa 1774
The teabowl, 8.2 cm across; 4.8 cm high
The saucer 14.2 cm across, 2.7 cm high
Incised marks, perhaps D1 to the teabowl, and a1 to the saucer

Decorated with exotic birds, on a pink-washed ground.

This style of painting has been associated in the past with Louis Victor Gerverot, who was a painter of Fantasievögel at the Weesp and Höchst manufactories, but it does not correspond to his known styles of decoration.

Gerverot originally trained at Sèvres as a painter but spent many years travelling and working for short periods in at least ten porcelain factories mostly in Germany, notably at Höchst. In these factories he learned the skills of colour preparation and porcelain making as well as painting. In the Netherlands he worked at Weesp in around 1768/69 and then from around 1774-1779 at Loosdrecht with Pastor Johannes de Mol. De Mol had turned to Gerverot for technical assistance in 1773 whilst he was working at Schrezheim in Germany, Gerverot joined him becoming a shareholder in his enterprise in 1775.

These early pink-washed teawares were once thought to have been made at the first Dutch porcelain factory at Weesp but are now known to have been made in the earliest years at Loosdrecht. Some old undecorated stock from Weesp might also have been decorated at Loosdrecht but these pieces are normally marked. The very experimental nature of the porcelain and the thin dry glaze clearly place them in the earliest exploratory phase of the new factory.

Condition:
Some wear to the enamel on the surface, some wear to the gilding on the rim of the cup and saucer and a chip to the foot of the saucer

References:
Charlotte Jacob-Hanson, ‘Further Findings on the Life and Career of Louis Victor Gerverot’, American Ceramic Circle Journal, Vol. XIV, April 2007, pp. 50-75

Price: £1,800