A Pair of Red & Gold Painted Regency Toleware Cachepots or Jardinieres
A superb and rare pair of red and gold painted Regency Toleware cachepots or jardinieres.
Superbly crafted, these small cachepots (French for hiding a pot) are decorated in the high Regency taste, similar to that which was first represented in England by Thomas Hope.
Hope’s book, “A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration” published in 1807 was the catalyst for the style which itself emulated the work of the Frenchmen Percier & Fontaine who were responsible for numerous Napoleonic commissions in the new French Empire style.
Many of the design elements such as the Greek crenelated pediment and the honeysuckle pattern repeat can be seen quite clearly in Hope’s designs of the period and both George Smith, Peter & Michael Angelo Nicholson and Thomas King all continued to expertly reproduce this style in furniture until the late 1820’s.
Please see the pictures for an example of one of Hope’s designs for a, “large library or writing table”. The supporting wording for the plate suggest that the tops represent, the shape of Greek house roofs”.