National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
Although produced in the early eighteenth century, the grotesque decoration on this large earthenware dish by the Clérrisy factory reflects the style of Baroque decoration pioneered by the seventeenth-century artist Jean Berain and associated with the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the regency of Phillipe d’Orléans. The grotesque ornament, inhabited by putti, hybrid animals and Classical gods, is lighter in feeling and more open in structure than the Renaissance examples, a sense enhanced by the blue-and-white palette that evokes imported Asian porcelain. A rigorous architectural symmetry contrasts with the tightly structured scrolling grotesque of the nearby Faenza plate.