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Charger with grotesques

Date: late 18th Century
Overall: 1 1/8 × 15 in. (2.9 × 38.1 cm)
Medium: Tin glaze earthenware decorated in monochrome green
Credit Line: The Pierre Karch and Mariel O'Neill-Karch Collection.
Object number: G14.4.9
DescriptionGrotesques and chinoiseries allowed free range to the artists’ imagination, resulting in the creation of whimsical imagery. The charger exemplifies a later style of grotesque ornament practiced in Moustiers. Characterised by a stylised crane and a fantasy figure framed by loosely scattered vegetation and flying insects, the composition contrasts with the earlier décor Bérain, which is more airy in spirit and symmetrical.