Pair “Old Paris” Cache Pots with Bird Decoration, about 1815
Porcelain, painted and gilded
6 7/8 in. high, 6 3/16 in. diameter (at the top)
Although this pair of cache pots is unmarked, the decoration is clearly related to that on a soup tureen produced by Darte aîné, which is illustrated in Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, Faïence et Porcelaine de Paris XVIII-XIX Siècles (Paris, Éditions Faton, 1995), p. 344 color fig. 327, which formed part of a 110-piece service featuring birds on a white ground enclosed within gilt panels, given by Napoleon III to the Comte Minescalchi, and now in the Musée Minescalchi, Verona, Italy.