Antique French Sevres Porcelain Box


Sevres Lidded Box with Classical Scene

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    Stamped Chateau des Tuileries Circa 1900

    From our ceramics collection we are delighted to offer this large sized Antique French Sevres Porcelain Box. The Porcelain Box decorated with a base of cobalt blue with gild scrollwork decoration throughout. The lid featuring a large painted panel with a classical scene with two cupid like cherubs and a female figure after Sevres painter George Rochet signed Geo. Rochet. The sides decorated extensively with gilt scrollwork and floral borders. The base signed with Sevres interlaces L’s and an iron-red Chateau Des Tuileries mark. The interior of the box is further painted with brightly coloured blossoming flowers to both the inside of the lid and the base of the box. The French Sevres Box mounted with decorated ormolu to the lip of the lid and base, dating to the late 19th early 20th century Belle Epoque period circa 1900.

    Sevres porcelain (Manufacture nationale de Sèvres) is one of the principal European porcelain factories, located in Sèvres, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Originally Vincennes porcelain which was founded in 1740 it moved to Sèvres in 1756 and has been owned by the French crown or government since 1759. It replaced Meissen porcelain as the standard-setter among European porcelain factories, retaining this position until at least the 19th century.

    Chateau des Tuileries, the Tuileries Palace was a royal and imperial palace in Paris which stood on the right bank of the river Seine which is located directly in front of the Louvre. It was the Parisian residence of most French monarchs, from Henry IV to Napoleon III, until it was burned by the Paris Commune in 1871.

    Ormolu is the technique of applying finely ground, high-carat gold–mercury amalgam to an object of bronze. The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold coating. The French refer to this technique as bronze doré and in English it is often referred to as gilt bronze. It is a finishing technique which adds an overall gold look to any object without the massive cost and impracticality of making an object out of solid gold. Mercury was outlawed in the 1830’s in France however it was still used until the early 1900s.

    Belle Epoque is a period of French, Belgian and European history. It began in the early 1870’s and to ended with the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

    Antique a collectable object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its age and quality. Objects of this nature are generally considered antique at 100 plus years of age.

    Measurements 14cm High x 33cm Wide x 23cm Deep (5.5 x 13 x 9 Inches)

    Condition Very Good, minor Verdigris consistent with age.

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