Porcelain trophy representing a sphere on a scrolling tripod with plinth. It was given as a cup for a ball game to Mr. Duhem, President of the Ball Game in Lille, France.
This cobalt blue ground trophy is decorated on the sphere in gilt camaïeu with the crowned crest of the city of Lille suspended by a ribbon-tied banner. Scrolling foliage on both sides designed as reserves in which "Hommage de la Commission du Jeu de Balle"(Tribute for the Ball Game Commission) is inscribed on the left and "A Monsieur Duhem son Président" (To its President Mr. Duhem) on the right, with below a hand posed on a ball and the dates 1873 and 1892.
Large foliage garland, small archs and trefoil tassels in gilt camaïeu along the rim. Blue ground pampille drops and granulated reliefs with large gilt fillets and floral terminals in relief on the tripod feet. A Ball Game field with flags and goalposts is designed on the base between the feet. Large foliage garland, small arcades and gilded trefoil tassels and fillets on the base.
Incised mark underneath 12 17.
Late 19th Century.
Wear to gilding.
Height: 82,5 cm (32-1/2 in.) - Width of plinth: 56,5 cm (22-1/4 in.).