St Cloud, Mennecy, Tournai ? - Sculpture, Group 'The Broken Jug' - Rococo - Softpaste porcelain

Description
St Cloud, Mennecy, Tournai ? - Sculpture, Group 'The Broken Jug' - Rococo - Softpaste porcelain
France - Mid 18th century

Mid-18th century white porcelain figure. Thick porcelain with a shiny glaze, representing a maid comforting a gentleman who has apparently just fallen. The characters wear Louis XIV period costumes although the object is from the Louis XV period. In pretty good condition for a statuette almost 300 years old. Firing cracks at the bottom but nothing on the surface. A handle of the jug is missing, but as the jug is supposed to be broken... Tiny chips on the edges of the woman's hat but nothing dramatic, the presentation is very beautiful for this quality object. No mark or signature, difficult provenance to determine since all manufactures around Paris were entitled to produce this kind of trinkets. Saint Cloud? Mennecy? Chantilly? perhaps even from Sèvres (although it was more common to find satin-finished biscuits rather than shiny porcelain), perhaps also from Tournai in Belgium but the subject seems too "square and straight", the Tournai groups were very often more "rococo". Height 18 cm, diameter base approx. 13.5 cm Weight: over 1.5 kg

Lot details
Object
Group 'The Broken Jug', Sculpture
Material
Softpaste porcelain
Manufacturer/ Brand
St Cloud, Mennecy, Tournai ?
Model/ Name
La Cruche cassée
Style
Rococo
Estimated Period
Mid 18th century
Country of Origin
France
Condition
Good condition - used with small signs of ageing
Weight
1516 g
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