Ballooning scenes on china, late 18th century.

Image number: 10304354

Ballooning scenes on china, late 18th century.

The scene on the plate in French blue and white faience shows a hydrogen balloon over a village. The bowl in blue and white Bristol Delft china shows a balloon with flags and two aeronauts. Public balloon ascents began to be held in pleasure gardens after the first successful balloon trips in Paris during 1783. These events attracted huge crowds and led to an explosion of ballooniana, or balloon art, expressed in paintings, prints and decorated ceramics as well as many other forms.

Image number:
10304354
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 13:48
Image rights:
Science Museum