An unusual large Nevers 'Bleu Persan' faience jardiniere


55,000 USD

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An unusual large Nevers 'Bleu Persan' faience jardiniere, circa 1690

of footed form and oval section, applied with two bold entwined rope handles, the whole covered in a deep blue tin-glaze splashed overall in white, the base with four drilled holes for drainage

height 15 inches; 38 cm; width across handles 22 inches; 56 cm

Located in New York. Please enquire to arrange a viewing.

Catalogue Note

Faience jardinieres of the present type were used to contain small shrubs or fruit trees in the formal gardens of French chateaux. The prominent handles were both decorative and functional, enabling the easy movement of the pot and its often temperature sensitive exotic fauna to alternate garden or conservatory locations. 

The white splashed blue tin-glaze is characteristic of Nevers but rarely found on a piece of this scale, which are more usually decorated in blue on a pale blue ground in Chinese style. A flower pot of slightly different form, but of similar large scale, is the collections of Burghley House, Stamford.