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Sugar basin

  • Place of origin:

    Tournai (made)

  • Date:

    1763-1771 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Duvivier, Michel-Joseph (painter)
    Tournai porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Robert Williams

  • Museum number:

    C.154-1981

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case Z, shelf 3

Physical description

Sugar basin in soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Straight-sided and circular on a low foot ring. Painted on either side with figures in Chinese dress. On one side is a man playing a lute, with a woman holding a parasol, and a child on a grassy bank in front of a low fence and shrubs. The other side has a man reclining on a bank and holding onto a parasol above his head as if to stop it blowing away. Between these scenes are sprays of flowers and leaves in gold. Gold band round the foot.

Place of Origin

Tournai (made)

Date

1763-1771 (made)

Artist/maker

Duvivier, Michel-Joseph (painter)
Tournai porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

A tower
Painted in gold

'x'
Incised

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 cm, Diameter: 8.5 cm minimum, Diameter: 8.7 cm maximum

Object history note

Acquisition type: Gift

Descriptive line

Sugar basin in soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded, probably painted by M-J Duvivier, Tournai porcelain factory, Tournai, 1763-1771.

Labels and date

Gallery 128 Decant 2003

The similarity of the enamelling on this bowl to that found on some Chelsea gold anchor wares makes it tempting to suggest that the painter may be Michael-Joseph Duvivier, who worked at Chelsea from 1759-62 before moving to Tournai. [07/06/2004]

Production Note

The similarity of the enamelling on this bowl to that found on some Chelsea gold anchor wares makes it tempting to suggest that the painter may be Michael-Joseph Duvivier, who worked at Chelsea from 1759-62, before moving to Tournai (note in registered description).

Materials

Soft paste porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Parasol; Lute; Landscape; Flowers; Woman; Child; Leaves; Figures

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain; Food vessels & Tableware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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