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Media: hard-paste porcelain
Size: h(cm) : 33.5 x d(cm) : 22.7 x w(cm) : 28,h(cm) : 3
Acquired: 1989; Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund
Accession Number: NMW A 30050
This spectacular ice-cream pail is is from the service iconographique grec, a large and elaborate dessert service. It would have originally had a metal liner and porcelain lid. Each side is painted with a fictive stone cameo portrait - one depicting Julius Caesar and the other Alexander the Great. The object was designed by Alexandre Brachard, painted by Jean-Marie Degault and gilded by Charles-Marie-Pierre Boitel.