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Cup and saucer with butterflies

Factory:
Chantilly (French)
Date:
ca. 1735
Culture:
French, Chantilly
Medium:
Tin-glazed soft-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels
Dimensions:
Beaker (.3): H. 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm.); Diam. 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm.); Saucer (.4): Diam. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1954
Accession Number:
54.147.3, .4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The highly formal arrangement of stylized butterflies within a lobed form is of Chinese origin but was adapted by the Japanese to their own sense of design and color and European taste. Both the lobed shape and the butterfly pattern were copied individually at European factories, but Chantilly produced the only exact copy of the Asian import.
Marking: Painted In red on underside of each: Hunting horn (Chantilly factory mark)
[ James A. Lewis and Son, Inc. , New York, before 1954; sold to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1954; to MMA)
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