CHANTILLY c.1735 – 1740 French Soft-Paste Porcelain

An 18th Century Chantilly Soft-Paste Porcelain Coffee Cup and Barbed Saucer in the Kakiemon Style c.1735-1740. Painted with Banded Hedges and Flowers.


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Kakiemon Porcelain :
Kakiemon decoration is usually of high quality, often delicate and with well-balanced asymmetric designs. The designs were normally quite sparse emphasizing the fine white porcelain body known in Japan as Nigoshide (milky white). The opaque white milky Nigoshide body was used on the finest pieces, it appears that it was reserved for fine quality enamelled decoration. Kakiemon porcelain was decorated with a great variety of imaginative designs which include elements such as the `banded hedge`, `flying squirrel`, and the `Quail and Millet` design. The `Three Friends of Winter` were also a very popular group of designs, other subject taken from nature include flowers (especially the chrysanthemum, the national flower of Japan) as well as birds and rock-work. Figural subjects such as the `Hob in the Well` were also popular. This design illustrates a Chinese folk tale where a sage saves his friend who has fallen into a large fish-bowl by throwing stones at it, braking open the pot. Banded-Hedges were a formal device within Japanese traditional gardens, they were often incorporated in designs, includes `The Three Friends of Winter` (Pine, Bamboo and Prunus). These three plants signify perseverance, as neither the pine nor the bamboo shed their leaves in winter and the plumb (Prunus) flowers at the very end of the winter, heralding the arrival of spring. References :
For a pair of 18th Century Chantilly Porcelain leaf shaped dishes of this design see : Porcelaine Tendre de Chantilly au XVIIIe Siecle (Genevieve le Duc, Hazan. ISBN 2-85025-459-Z) page 112.
For Chantilly Kakiemon saucer of this type see our `Sold Items` number 21585.

Provenance :
From a Private Collection of French Porcelain and Paintings Formed in the 1930`s and 1940`s. The collection was housed in an 18th Century French Chateau.



Condition: Two leaves from the cup missing.

Size: Diameter of Saucer : 12.2 cm (4 3/4 inches)

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Stock number: 23993.