A French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu and Sèvres porcelain centerpiece
A beautiful and high quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu and Sèvres porcelain centerpiece. The centerpiece is raised by a most decorative ormolu scrolled foliate base with charming richly chased grape leaves, grape clusters and... — Read More
A beautiful and high quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu and Sèvres porcelain centerpiece. The centerpiece is raised by a most decorative ormolu scrolled foliate base with charming richly chased grape leaves, grape clusters and finely detailed flowers in a stunning satin and burnished finish. Above a wrap around beaded band is a charming young girl seated with her legs crossed on a wonderfully executed ground design with lovely wheat sprigs. She is holding up the bowl with her hands above her head while draped in a fine flowing fabric. She is wearing a beaded necklace and has exceptional flowers in her hair tied with a vine. The striking Sèvres porcelain bowl above displays finely detailed hand painted flowers with beautiful vivid colors on the outside and a wonderfully executed central reserve. The most attractive hand painted reserve depicts beautiful maidens dressed in superb flowing dresses eating grapes with a goat at their side and young boys carrying baskets of flowers in the lovely French countryside. The reserve is framed within a gold tooled foliate and lattice border, with a beaded jeweled and gilt band with a richly chased wrap around floral ormolu band at the border. All original gilt throughout. — Read Less
- Item # 11606
H: 12.25 in L: 11.75 in D: 11.75 in
H: 31 cm L: 30 cm D: 30 cm
- 19th Century
- Ormolu, Sèvres Porcelain
Belle Époque ,
Louis XVI st.
(Belle Époque) -
Gaining its name from the optimistic and peaceful period of time between 1871 and World War I, Belle Epoque means “beautiful period”, and occurred during the era of the Third French Republic. This period of economic, colonial, and scientific prosperity brought with it a flourishing artistic climate with numerous literal, musical, theatrical, and visual masterpieces being created.
The Eiffel Tower, which was constructed between 1887 and 1889, served as the entrance to the World’s Fair held in Paris. That same year, the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris was founded and showcased the now more mainstream styles of performance including can-can dancing. Belle Epoque dancers and singers were Paris celebrities and became immortalized by the poster arts of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Leading up to this period in 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close, with France proposing to construct the Statue of Liberty as a joint effort with the United States. France would be responsible for the statue, with America constructing the pedestal. Created to celebrate the nation’s success in building a viable democracy, the statue would stand as a symbol of friendship between the French and American people.
(Louis XVI st.) -
Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution.
Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism.
King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks.
Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins.
Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
The Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, located in Sèvres,Hauts-de-Seine, France, has been one of the largest and most renowned manufacturers of fine and important porcelain, since 1740.
It was founded through the support of King Louis XV of France and at the initiative of Madame Pompadour to be located near her Château.
Due to Sèvres’ reputation for excellence and prestige, it has always attracted some of the best artists throughout history; François Boucher, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Étienne Maurice Falconet, Alexandre Fragonard and August Rodin, just to name a few. Many of these artworks can be seen at the Louvre Museum and the Musée National de Céramique in France.
Initially, Sèvres created a soft paste porcelain know as Biscuit de Sèvres.
In 1768 the Bordeaux chemist Villaris and Jean Baptiste Darnet discovered deposits of Kaolin on French soil. In 1771 the Royal Academy sent a report on the creation of hard paste porcelain at which time Sèvres began manufacturing hard paste porcelain.
Louis-Simon Boizot (1743–1809) was a French sculptor renowned for creating Biscuit de Sèvres models, and was the director at Sèvres from 1774-1800, followed by Alexandre Brogniart(1800-1847) and Henri Victor Regnault in 1854.
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