GRISAILLE MILK JUG WITH DIANA AND HER GOD

Reference #: CEPES23
circa 1745

Length: 4 5/8 (11.7 cm.)

PROVENANCE: La Granke & Co., New York

EXHIBITED: San Francisco, Fall Antiques Show, 1995

the jug painted en grisaille heightened in gilding with Diana and her hound beneath a border of boar- and stag-hunting panels, strapwork and foliate-scrolls perched upon by a pair of owls and repeated around the cover rim.

A saucer dish identically decorated to the milk jug is illustrated by Hervouet and Bruneau, p. 298, no. 13.28, who note that the decoration was taken from an engraving entitled “November” by Claude III Audran (1658-1734). A grisaille tea canister with Mercury and the same border is illustrated in Wirgin, p. 186, no. 200, suggesting that similar tea sets were made with a variety of mythological gods as central decoration.

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