MEISSEN c.1740. German Hard-Paste Porcelain
An 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Yellow Ground Tea Canister and Cover. Decorated in Puce Camieux with Scenes After Jean-Antoine Watteau.
- From the estate of Niel Rimington (1928-2009) of Fonthill Old Abbey Estate, Wiltshire.
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Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) was a French painter whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement (in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens), and revitalized the waning Baroque idiom, which eventually became known as Rococo. He is credited with inventing the genre of fêtes galantes: scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm, suffused with an air of theatricality. Some of his best known subjects were drawn from the world of Italian comedy and ballet.