Kochoran Phalaenopsis Aphrodite Vase
Japan Marche Staff Blog: Madame de Pompadour, Official Mistress of Louis XV, and Arita Porcelain
“…memorized by the smoothness and whiteness of the porcelain and intricate blue lines forming the design on it”
I am a big fan of Madame de Pompadour. Although she was known as Louis XV’s favorite and official mistress, she was given credit for being the king’s most trusted advisor in terms of politics and, more importantly, acknowledged as patron of arts such as architecture, theatrical plays, music, painting and philosophy. (Interestingly, the French law back then allowed for the king to have an “official” mistress who was granted appearance in official ceremonies and assemblies.) Having both intelligence and appreciation for art, I say she is one of the key historical characters who made France what it is today.
In the field of art, Madame de Pompadour was passionate about the production of porcelains and a collector of porcelains in all sizes and shapes, from vases, dishes to music box and artifacts. In particular, she was captured by the spectacular quality of porcelain which came to their world from the Eastern civilization and was convinced that the French too should be able to create ones in similar quality and color.
Like Kochoran Phalaenopsis Aphrodite Vase at Japan Marche, she must have been memorized by the smoothness and whiteness of the porcelain and intricate blue lines forming the design on it.
Madame de Pompadour was a lady from mid 1700’s living in France, but it doesn’t feel so bad to hear that Japanese porcelains had an influence on the world a long long time ago.