Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Home Beautiful: Jatte à punch, 1790

Jatte a Punch
French, 1790
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection 
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

King George IV was given this punch bowl. The work of hard paste porcelain with gilded adornment comes from the Sèvres Porcelain Factory and was made around 1790.

The bowl had been commissioned by Maria Luisa of Parma, Queen of Spain. She was the wife of Charles IV. The bowl, at the time was valued at 10,800 livres. The details of how it ended up in the hands of George IV are somewhat sketchy. It was recorded in the collection of George IV’s Carlton House in 1826 with a notation that it had been a gift from French regent Louis XVI in 1791. The dates don’t match up somehow.

The polychrome bowl is adorned with a border of scrolls and foliate volutes on a white ground. The gilt central band boasts floral garlands, baskets of flowers and vases. Four reserves have been decorated with allegorical scenes of the Seasons. Further adornment includes borders of ivy, myrtle, acanthus, birds, butterflies, corn husks, and pearls. Cupid and Flora, Bacchus, Ceres and Apollo represent the seasons.

The Royal Collection

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