Dating: c.1770-90 (Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period)
Dimensions (cm): 141 x Ø 55,6
Inv. no.: PD0502
The denomination of ‘Sentinel Pots’ has its origin in a somewhat unusual exchange of assets, between Augustus II the Strong – elector of Saxony and King of Poland – and Prince Wilhelm of Prussia. Augustus traded a regiment – exceptionally well prepared militarily and with soldiers with strong physique – for 151 pieces of Eastern porcelain from the Charlottenburg and Oranienburg Palaces. These included 48 big blue and white pots with lids which, from then on out, were compared to the physique of the soldiers. That is why they are still so called. Their possible usage inside palaces, flanking the access to the chambers, reinforced the meaning of the name ‘sentry/guard of honour’, since they took their place inside palaces in the 18th century.
Maria Antónia Pinto Matos