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Toilet Jar and Cover: EC.36 & A-1945

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Toilet Jar and Cover


Saint-Cloud Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain jar and cover, painted underglaze in blue with, round the top and bottom of the jar, bands of trelliswork and lambrequins

Soft-paste porcelain of ivory tone, the jar thrown, the cover moulded, and painted underglaze in blue. The jar is cylindrical with slightly uneven sides, and recessed base. The depressed centre of the circular domed cover is moulded with radiating gadroons, and the flat, circular knob is also gadrooned. A flange on the underside fits inside the jar. Round the top and bottom of the jar there are narrow bands of dotted trelliswork interrupted by blue oval motifs enclosing a reserved flower head. Below the top border there is a repeating design of long and short lambrequin motifs, and above the bottom border, long and short lambrequins of different forms. The cover has a zig-zag line round the edge with smaller lambrequins of a different pattern radiating from it towards the centre


History note: The Dowager Viscountess Harcourt; sold Sotheby's, 16 November 1945, Catalogue of Fine Continental, English, and Chinese Porcelain, French and English Works of Art, Etc., p. 4, part of lot 20 (including C.37-1945).

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Saint-Cloud ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Early 18th Century
Louis XIV (1638-1715)
Circa 1700 CE - 1715 1715 CE


The cover may not be that originally supplied with the jar, and the knob appears to be a replacement. Jars of this form are usually described as either toilet jars or tobacco jars

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of underglaze cobalt-blue Jar: Diameter 10.6 cm
Cover: Diameter 11.2 cm
Both Parts:

Materials used in production

glassy type Soft-paste porcelain Lead-glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: sun face
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.36 & A-1945
Primary reference Number: 40248
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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