Tournai sauceboat & stand, Boucher cherubs, mazarin & gilt borders, c.1770

$3,250.00 AUD

Rare Tournai sauce boat & stand, of elegant boat-form with high spout and simple strap handle, superbly painted with cherubs in landscapes after François Boucher, within rich mazarin blue reserves decorated with thick honey gilding borders including a leaf meander with flower heads, dots, and lines of different thickness. 

Incised modeller’s marks, underglaze ‘C’ to boat, ‘B’ to stand, both with gilt ‘crossed swords’ mark with ‘+’ to each axis.  

Circa 1770 

Dish length: 25cm
Boat length: 21cm
Boat height: 15cm

Condition: Superb condition, some very minor wear to gilding along raised leaf design, unnoticeable except when enlarged. 


ref. an example without the stand in the same shape, decoration, but with a different gilt border can be seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (#1968-172-1), circa 1763-74.  No other example found in the literature.

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