After late 17th century engravings of fashionable court figures by the French brothers Nicholas, Robert and Henri Bonnart, including images from 'The Elements', 'The Five Senses' and 'The Three Graces'. The brothers Bonnart were famed for their prints of the latest fashions in court costume, which they sold from studios in the rue St. Jacques. Howard & Ayers note (op. cit., pp. 77-80) that these images were influential not just in France, but throughout Europe, where French fashions were followed closely. Delft versions, as well as the dominance of the Dutch trade in this period, may indicate that these exceptional porcelains were made for the Dutch, not the French, market.
Smaller 'Bonnart' jars were in the Mottahedeh collection (see above), sold Sotheby's New York, 30 January 1985, lot 25, and in the Hodroff Collection, D.S. Howard, op. cit., p. 235. Larger versions can be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and at Loosdrecht in the Kastel-Museum Sypesteyn (see Lunsingh Scheurleer, pl. 127)