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Jug

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1839-1854 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in gold and silver with ormolu

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:

    4070-1901

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 28, shelf 6

Physical description

Jug of porcelain decorated in gold and silver on a dark blue ground with an elaborate ormolu handle and foot. Ovoid body with a narrow neck and high stem, decorated with flowers and foliage symmetrically arranged in shaped compartments, outlined in strapwork, on a dotted ground. The mouth, loop handle and foot are of ormolu decorated with scrolls and foliage. The handle is surmounted by a winged dragon and has a satyr's mask near the lower end.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1839-1854 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in gold and silver with ormolu

Dimensions

Height: 36.8 cm, Diameter: 10.2 cm

Descriptive line

Jug of porcelain decorated in gold and silver with ormolu mounts, Paris, ca. 1839-1854.

Labels and date

Label for 'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900', Gallery 101, de-canted March 2017:

'29
Ewer
1839-54

The Escalier de Cristal (Crystal Staircase) was a famous shop in the Palais Royal, specialising in luxury goods, like this ewer in Renaissance style. It did not manufacture but was responsible for design, with ten craftsmen 'inside' and forty to fifty 'outside'. The shop supplied the king, but by the 1840s half of its products were for export.

France; Paris; retailed by Escalier de Cristal Porcelain, decorated in gold and silver; gilded bronze mounts

Museum no. 4070-1901
Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street' []
EWER

Escalier de Cristal

Retailer

Paris: about 1839-1854

Porcelain decorated

in gold and silver
with an elaborate ormolu

handle and foot

The 'Escalier de Cristal', a famous shop in the Palais Royal, was founded in 1802. Its owner, Mme. Desamaud, became supplier to the King in 1818. She originally sold only "crystal" glass, and her shop had a crystal staircase. She was succeeded by Boin in 1828, Lahoche-Boin in 1839 and Lahoche-Pannier in 1854. In 1844 the shop turned over 150,000 francs, half in exports. It did not manufacture, but was responsible for design and the choice and employment of artists, with ten craftsmen 'inside' and forty to fifty 'outside'. []

Materials

Porcelain; Gold; Silver

Subjects depicted

Dragon; Flowers; Foliage; Strapwork; Satyr; Mask; Ormolu; Scrolls

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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