19 October 1999
An amusing famille rose saucer
Painted at the centre with a roundel depicting a scene of a courtesan in a low-cut pink and green dress revealing her breasts, an elegant man in blue dress and full-bottomed wig offering her a gold coin for her services, the lady with her right hand pushing him away and preventing him from throwing more gold coins in her lap, below a scroll and flower border
20 cm. diam.
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For a similar decoration, see Hervout & Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes, Paris, 1986, fig. 7.105. The authors have identified this scene as copied from an engraving by Bernard Picard dated 1705.
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