French 16th Century, probably Saint-Porchaire (Deux-Sevres), or Paris region|
French 16th Century (ceramist)
Cup on high foot with the royal arms of France crowned, c. 1540/1560
lead-glazed fine earthenware
overall (height x length of bowl excluding masks): 13.6 x 15.4 cm (5 3/8 x 6 1/16 in.)
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Conservation NotesThe white body is inlaid with decoration in a clay that shows through the decoration as dark brown verging on black. The cup is entirely covered in a somewhat crackled transparent glaze, which has a greenish yellow cast where it has pooled beneath the foot. The design is heightened on the applied ornament with green, yellow brown, purple brown, and blue black, and on the ropework ornament around the rim in pale brown. Some cracking of the body beneath the foot has taken place in firing. There is a break, repaired with some areas of fill, around the "gothic" arcade and buttresses supporting the bowl. The bowl has been broken and repaired, mainly beneath the shield of arms and hardly affecting the design, with small patches of fill; a piece has been broken off and filled at the edge. The masks on the bowl are chipped. A loose fragment rattles inside the knop.
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