A Nevers Armorial Faience Dish

c.1680 - 1700

A Late 17th Century Nevers Blue and White Chinoiserie Armorial Dish. This small thickly potted dish is painted in the Chinese Transitional style with a Chinese man in a garden landscape, he is holding what should be a scroll-painting. Above this scene is a French armorial, the base is incribed B.F. in capital letters, presumably the initials of the owner. The Nevers pottery was started in the french town baring the name in around 1588 but it was the founding of Compagnie française pour le commerce des Indes orientales (The French East India Company) in 1664 that Chinese subjects became more fashionable.

Condition
In excellent condition, a small glaze chip to the lower rim. Two further glaze chips to the back rim. Firing fault - ‘spur-marks’ to the back where this dish was supported in the kiln.
Size
Diameter 21.8 cm (8 1/2 inches).
Provenance
PESCHETEAU-BADIN. Porcelaines et Faïences du XVIe au XIXe Siècles, 16 Mars 2015 à 14h. DROUOT RICHELIEU, 9 RUE DROUOT - SALLE 15 - 75009 PARIS
Stock number
25649
£ 640
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