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Sugar Bowl and Cover
This soft-paste porcelain is composed of a white bowl and cover with the bulbous body tapering slightly near the neck. Both parts of the piece are decorated with loosely formed bouquets of flowers, including a blooming red rose, a strand of bluebells and strands of purple violets and puce poppies. The slightly domed cover is topped by a pink rose finial that is composed of a raised green stem and leaves. The mark on the bottom of the bowl is that of an iron red hunting horn whose significance needs to be ascertained. The general effect is pleasing and unobtrusive.
Created during the period when there was an increasing interest in the art for the table, this example fulfills a basic functional role while simultaneously serving as an artistic object. Most likely created in concert with other pieces, possibly for a table service, this piece is part of the increasing awareness being given to everyday objects having an aesthetic significance.
from Weisberg, A Taste for Porcelain: The Virginia A. Marten Collection of Decorative Arts (Notre Dame, 2014)