Pair of Vases J. Petit Attr. Porcelain France XIX Century

Code :  ANTCER0000773

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Pair of Vases J. Petit Attr. Porcelain France XIX Century

Code :  ANTCER0000773

not available

Pair of Vases J. Petit Attr. Porcelain France XIX Century


Age:  19th Century / 1801-1900

Origin:  Parigi, France

Material:  Porcelain


Pair of narrow-necked flask-shaped vases on an octagonal base; two winged dragons form the handles of the vessels; on the front, enclosed within a crown of flowers, there are the two reserves painted with gallant scenes of oriental taste, depicting Arabs in palm gardens. The body of the vase sees the alternation of blue and red bands, with golden embroidery. The plastic dimension is entrusted to the flowers and to dragons, the first paintings while the latter are gilded.

Product Condition:
Product in good condition, with small signs of wear.

Dimensions (cm):
Height: 42,5
Width: 25
Depth: 21,5

Additional Information

Notes historical bibliographic

The two vases, although not marked, are part of Jacob Petit's best creation. Characteristic features of his work are the invention of the form which includes a complex of several styles according to the precocious eclecticism that characterizes the works of the ceramist and that in the course of history distinguishes him from other productions. Characteristic are also the use of bright colors and the typical arabesque motifs that mark the company's most successful production. Jacob Petit (Paris, 1796-1868): In the registry office of Jacob Mordecai, the surname by which he is famously known was borrowed from his wife, a certain Adélaïde Petit, daughter of a Chantilly baker. Jacob Petit initially learned drawing on his own, and only later entered the studio of Antoine-Jean Gros, a painter in turn trained at Jaques-Louis David. Subsequently, in 1822, he was admitted to the manufacture of Sèvres, fascinated by the production of porcelain. His interest was such that in the following years he made several trips all over Europe, to get in touch with different tastes and to learn the various production techniques known until then. What he acquired can be found in the volume published once he returned home, between 1830 and 1831, a real collection on interior decoration, which he often used as a reference model throughout his career. Petit's entrepreneurial spirit was also reflected in the factory he opened in Fonatinbleau, in which there were 80 workers, seat, together with the Parisian laboratory, of his rich production of porcelain. Its products are also recognizable by being almost always marked with the initials, "JP", written in blue. Right from the start this was also distinguished by the attention that Petit reserved for technical experimentation, even allowing him to imitate woven wicker baskets with porcelain. This dedication allowed him to participate, starting from the 1830s, in numerous exhibitions, from whose reports it emerges that our role in the production and trade of ornamental porcelain was now well established. His production was in fact characterized by a great heterogeneity of decorative objects, which immediately stood out for their eclecticism and for the ability to unite and blend different stylistic suggestions, certainly known firsthand during his numerous travels. His works are in fact known precisely for this daring mix of tastes, translated into absolute originality, high quality finishes and above all a lively and captivating polychromy, still sought after and appreciated by collectors today.

Age: 19th Century / 1801-1900

Material: Porcelain

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