• Lot 215

    Two grisaille and gilt 'European Subject' plates

    CIRCA 1745-1755

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    Two grisaille and gilt 'European Subject' plates
    Circa 1745-1755
    The first painted en grisaille and gilt with Frère Philippe introducing a young man to two ladies, their parasol being held by an attendant, the border with four cartouches of landscapes and birds 22.7 cm. diam.; the second with a couple underneath a baldachin within a spearhead-pattern border, a band of gilt lace-work at the rim, 22.5 cm. diam. (2)

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    The first scene illustrates a fable by La Fontaine, and is taken from an engraving after a painting by Nicolas Lancret. La Fontaine, basing his fable on Boccaccio's The Decameron, describes how the widower is so afraid that his inquisitive and naïve son will be distracted by women that, on being asked by his son what they were, he tells him that they are goslings. There are at least four services with different borders with this scene. For a similar plate with this border in the Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, see D. F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain - Chine de Commande, London, 1974, fig. 218, and a copy of the print as fig. 217. A similar plate was sold at Christie's London, 17 June 2003, lot 33 and on 11 May 2004, lot 124.

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