National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Colin Templeton Collection. Gift of Mrs Colin Templeton, 1942
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18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
Square seal mark, scale blue ground.
This two-handled cup was intended to hold chocolate. It is decorated in a dark blue ground with reserves containing Chinoiserie imagery, a style often associated with the Rococo. The gilded borders of these reserves are formed of Rococo scrolls, although their overall forms are symmetrical. The cup’s delicate handles assume the form of pierced Rococo scrolls. Rocaille here informs both the applied surface decoration and the very form of the vessels.