Antique French faience sauce boat ‘Tonkin’ by Johnston et Vieillard Bordeaux c1850
An antique French faience sauce boat by Johnston et Vieillard, Bordeaux.
This exquisite miniature tureen is from the ‘Tonkin’ service. and is very rare. It dates from the mid-19th century.
It’s a beautiful example of French Bordeaux porcelain in the English style. Johnston et Vieillard porcelain earned the admiration of Napoleon III and won a medal in the 1855 Paris Universal exhibition.
The sauce boat is shaped like a miniature tureen. The saucer part is attached to the sauce boat. It’s decorated with dragons and other Chinoiserie.
Signed on the base.
Height 6 ½ inches / 17cm
Length 8½ / 22cm
Width 6½ inches / 16.5cm
In excellent condition, just a tiny graze to the handle.
About Johnston et Vieillard:
This famous Bordeaux porcelain company was run by David Johnston and Jules Vieillard. Johnston, an Irishman, was responsible for importing the techniques and style perfected by English porcelain manufacturers to France, to great acclaim.