Madame Pompadour’s Companion I
Five Layer Screen Print
(*special feature- hand embellished gold Foil)
Somerset Satin White 300gsm
33cm x 43.5cm
Edition No: Artist Proof 4
Little known in the public domain, the international growth of porcelain in the 18th Century can be attributed to a disgruntled Wedgewood employee, Thomas Smith. Following his abrupt dismissal for failure to follow for improper use of the kiln when roasting that evening’s ham onsite, Smith approached a member of the board of governors from the Vincennes factory near Paris with Wedgewood’s secrets. Smith’s commission is unknown, but the method with which he provided the recipe was via his pair of Staffordshire terriers. Notes attached to their collars, the dogs were released onto Victoria Park and trained to sniff out the Governor by scent.
In this way, evidence of Smith’s actions remained hidden until 250 years after his death, when personal diaries were unearthed during an airing of the popular programme Antiques Roadshow, shedding new light on the infamous ‘Madame de Pompadour’s Companion’ pieces the French factory produced towards the end of the 1890s.