Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Unusual Artifacts: The Mermaid Cane Handle, 1730

The Victoria & Albert Museum

This cane handle of porcelain takes the form of a mermaid, painted in enamels. It was made in France around 1730 at the Saint-Cloud Porcelain Factory and shows the love of fantastical creatures which was demonstrated by makers of gentlemen’s accessories during that era.

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