Chinese Export Grisaille Covered Creamer – “Juno and the Peacock”.
Chinese export porcelain creamer with lid, circa 1750.
Dimensions: Approximately 5¼” tall (including lid).
The creamer is decorated with a Baroque border in a style referred to as “Du Paquier” or “Laub-und-bandelwerk”, from which hangs a garland of flowers.
The body is decorated with the image of the goddess Juno sitting on a throne amongst the clouds, with a peacock at her side and a wreath in her hand.
The source for the figure is a series of engravings by of the gods of Olympus by Claude Audran III symbolizing the months of the year. According to many sources Audran’s Juno was intended to symbolize January, while other sources believe she was intended to symbolize June.
A creamer of this design is illustrated in Hervouet and Bruneau, “La Porcelaine Des Compagnies Des Indies A Décor Occidental” at page 293, item 13.5.
The cover has a similar baroque border
The term “grisaille” derives from the French word gris (gray) and, in art, refers to painting executed entirely in monochromatic tones of gray and white.
Regarding Chinese export porcelain, the term “grisaille”, and the similar terms “en grisaille” and “encre de Chine”, refer to designs drawn primarily in black, similar to a drawing in ink. These designs may also be found enhanced by the addition of gold or polychrome enamels.
Because many examples were decorated with religious imagery, the technique has also been called “Jesuit Ware” regardless of the design.
Condition: Chip under the cover’s rim and wear to the cover’s gilding; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.
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