French Sèvres Porcelain in Gilt Bronze Mount, Hand-Painted, France,1771
Hand painted porcelain, gilt-bronze mount (ormolu) This French Sèvres porcelain centrepiece dates from 1771 and is set in a gilt-bronze mount that consists of an octagonal-shaped base, a pierced rim of stylized floral motifs and two handles in a c-scroll motif with a bust of an 18th century maiden. The piece presents a courtly scene of a couple in nature inspired by the paintings of Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). The gilded-bronze handles take on the shape of an aristocratic lady’s bust. The combination of soft-paste porcelain set in gilded-bronze (ormolu) mounts was popular during 18th century France. The marchands-merciers were the luxury dealers in Paris They sold many pieces to the aristocracy of Paris, including Madame de Pompadour. This piece is signed with blue underglaze Sèvres interlaced L, enclosing the date mark S for the year 1771 and the painter’s mark G, possibly for Jean-Baptiste Etienne Genest I (active between 1752 and 1788). It also bears an illegible mark of three initials on the gilt bronze mount.The painting signed ''ROBERT'' Marked of SEVRES.
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