A Louis XIV covered cache-pot decorated with the Croix de Lorraine

A Louis XIV gilt bronze-mounted covered cache-pot decorated with
the Croix de Lorraine – circa 1710-1710

The porcelain Chinese famille verte, Kangxi Period (1662-1722) 

Height: 30 cm. (11 ¾ in.)         Height with mount: 36.5 cm. (14 ¼ in.)         Diameter: 25 cm. (9 ¾ in.)


Provenance :

Most probably the collections of the Dukes of Lorraine


Literature :

J. Charles-Gaffiot, Collections de la Maison de Lorraine, Saint-Ouen, Editions du Net, 2019, p. 125 (ill.)


Comparative Literature :

Several similar examples are known, as listed below. 
However, this would appear to be the only one with a finial in the shape of a Croix de Lorraine, a motif often found on furnishings in the palaces of the Dukes of Lorraine during the first half of the 18th Century.

  • A pair at the Musée Jacquemart-André with the same porcelain and very similar mounts
  • A pair at the Munich Residenz with the same porcelain
  • A pair at the Getty Museum (inv. DI.50), reproduced in G. Wilson et al., Mounted Oriental Porcelain in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1982, pp. 24-27, no. 2
  • Collection of Jacques Doucet, sold 5 and 8 June 1912, lot 209
  • A pair sold Palais Galliera, Paris, 10 December 1971, lot 1
  • A pair sold Ader-Picard-Tajan, Paris, 15 April 1989, lot 25, from the Château de Thoiry
  • A single one sold Christie’s Monaco, 5 December 1993, lot 155, mounted very similarly
  • A pair formerly in the collection of Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, sold Sotheby’s New York, 25 April 1998, lot 239, with identical handles and very similar porcelain