The J. Paul Getty Museum

Lidded Ewer and Basin

Object Details

Title:

Lidded Ewer and Basin

Artists/Makers:

Silversmith Unknown

Ewer and Basin made at the Saint-Cloud Porcelain Manufactory (French, active by 1693 - 1766)

Culture:

French

Place:

Saint-Cloud, France; Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

porcelain about 1715–1720; silver mounts modern ?

Medium:

Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue decoration; silver mounts

Object Number:

88.DI.112

Dimensions:

16.8 × 12.7 × 10.2 cm (6 5/8 × 5 × 4 in.)

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Object Description

Decorated with a finely painted pattern of blue lambrequins, the ewer and basin would have sat on a dressing table to be used for washing in a bedroom or chambre de toilette. The motifs were influenced by the engravings of Jean Bérain, chief designer to Louis XIV. The simple silver mounts, made in Paris around 1720 and decorated with gadrooning, are a rare addition.

These vessels were produced at Saint-Cloud, the first major manufactory in France to make soft-paste porcelain, part of Europe's attempts to imitate genuine Chinese or Japanese porcelain. The factory's success lay in its ability to produce attractive and reasonably priced alternatives to metalwork or true porcelain.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1948

Mrs. H. Dupuy (New York City, New York) [sold, Early French Soft-Paste Porcelain, Parke-Bernet, New York, April 3, 1948, lot 358.]
Source: Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York. "The Property of The Estate of the Late Mrs. Charles E. Dunlap." December 3, 1975, no. 231.

by 1949 - 1966

Charles E. Dunlap, American, died 1966 (New York, New York), upon his death, retained by Phyllis I. Dunlap (Mrs. Charles E. Dunlap).
Source: Avery, C. Louise. "Masterpieces of European Porcelain: a catalogue of a special exhibition, March 18 - May 15," exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1949), no. 144.

- 1975

Estate of Phyllis I. (High Pollak) Dunlap (Mrs. Charles E. Dunlap) (New York, New York) [sold, The Property and Estate of the Late Mrs. Charles E. Dunlap, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, December 3, 1975, lot 231, to British Rail Pension Trustee Company, Ltd.]

1975 - 1988

British Rail Pension Trustee Company, Ltd., sold through Lexbourne Ltd. to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Discovering the Secrets of Soft-Paste Porcelain at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory (July 14 to October 24, 1999) (51)
  • The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts (New York), July 14 to October 24, 1999
Exquisite Everyday: 18th-Century Decorative Arts Objects from the J. Paul Getty Museum (July 29 to October 15, 2016)
  • Pulitzer Arts Foundation (Saint Louis), July 29 to October 15, 2016
Bibliography
Bibliography

Avery, C. Louise. Masterpieces of European Porcelain: a catalogue of a special exhibition, March 18 - May 15, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1949), no. 144.

"Acquisitions/1988." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 17 (1989), p. 141, no. 70, ill.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), pp. 120-21, no. 201, ill.

Le Duc, Geneviève. Porcelaine tendre de Chantilly au XVIIIe siècle (Paris: Hazan, 1996), p. 77, ill.

Rondot, Bertrand, ed. Discovering the Secrets of Soft-Paste Porcelain at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory, ca. 1690-1766 (New Haven and London, 1999), p. 150, no. 51, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 103-04, no. 209, ill.

Coutts, Howard. The Art of Ceramics: European Ceramic Design 1500-1830 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001), p. 84, ill., p. 86, fig. 103.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), p. 368, app. no. 2, ill.

Schenkenberg, Tamara H. Exquisite Everyday: 18th-Century Decorative Arts Objects from the J. Paul Getty Museum (St. Louis: Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2016), pp. 9-10, 12, ill.