RARE MILK JUG OF CHINESE SHAPE FROM LOUIS-PHILIPPE PERIOD
Rare hard-paste porcelain milk jug, of extremely rare shape “chinoise à pans Leloy”, octagonal, with blue ground called “beau bleu”, ornate with two gilt friezes of ivy leaves on the upper edge, one outside and one inside, dragon head handle “anse tête de dragon” and rims gilt.
Gilding a little worn.
Fully marked, with S.48 and incised marks.
Height: 11, 5 cm – Length: 10 cm.
Jean-Charles François LELOY (1774-1846), ornament designer and painter (active at Sèvres 1816-1846), is charged in August 1833 to draw a ‘déjeuner’ of “Chinese shape”, ready in 1835 for the Exhibition of the Royal Manufactories Products. The Archives of the Cité de la Céramique at Sèvres have several drawings of cups (inv. n°2011.3.1519, 1523, 1526 and 1527), sugar bowls (inv. n°2011.3.1521 and 1525) and tea pot (inv. n°2011.3.1520), dated from 1833-1834, with a richer decoration than our milk jug, with Chinese ornaments. A very few of ‘déjeuners’ with this shape have been removed from the Sèvres store during the Louis-Philippe period.
A tea pot with this shape, dated 1838, has been sold at Piasa, Drouot, 4th June 2010, lot 352.
The Louvre Museum has a tea pot with this shape, dated 1838, inv. OA 11752, purchased in 1994 (see Pierre Ennès, Musée du Louvre, département des Objets d’art, nouvelles acquisitions, n° 119 pp. 272-273).