National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
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18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
This work by Minton is a very close copy of a covered bowl in the Louvre, Paris, that dates to the sixteenth century and is decorated in imitation of ‘Saint Porchaire’ ware. These wares are some of the most mysterious ceramics ever produced: little is known about why, for whom or by whom they were made, where they were manufactured or what the inspiration for them was. Their decoration reflects many influences, including Renaissance metalworking techniques, architectural elements and bookbinding irons. The strapwork designs of this piece were possibly inspired by Spanish metalwork of the mid sixteenth century.