Pair “Old Paris” Vases with Garlands of Bisquit Flowers, about 1820
Porcelain, painted and gilded, with applied bisquit flowers
8 13/16 in. high
Inscribed (with incised mark, under the base of each): 3
Few pieces of “Old Paris” porcelain have come down to us with applied decoration of flowers in bisquit, or unglazed, porcelain. Perhaps relatively few pieces were made because of the laborious process of applying the individual petals and leaves. Further, the delicacy of the finished product likely resulted in damage.
A pair of vases in white with bisquit garlands and some gold decoration is reproduced in Règine de Plinval de Guillebon, Faience et Porcelaine de Paris XVIII ͤ - XIX ͤ Siècles (Dijon, France: Éditions Faton, 1995), p. 324 Pl. 311. de Guillebon also reproduces two ornament drawings from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, for two other pieces with similar decoration (p. 323 Pl. 310). Two additional watercolor designs for pieces with similar decoration are reproduced in Marie-Noel de Gary and Geneviève Musin, Objets d’Usage & de Gout: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1993, Pl. 29 & 30.