This Painted Porcelain and Gilt Metal Drawer Pull with Ballooning Motif is dated to late 18th-early 19th century. The porcelain plaque is framed by the beaded border; the ground depicting balloon in flight over port; "BLANCHARD" arching overhead. The Blanchard text to the illustration relates to Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a French nobleman, inventor, and balloon enthusiast.
Size: 2 3/8 ht by 1 3/8 w by 2 7/8 d inches (6.0 x 3.5 x 7.3 cm) (knob & stand)
PROVENANCE: Bonhams, Fine Ballooning Art: The Property of a Gentleman, 16 December 1991, Lot. 45;
Condition: Metal relacquered, knob mounted to wooden stand. Errant scratching, with wear commensurate with age and use.
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