Paris: Maison Quantin, 1892.
Chromolithograph. Page measures 11.5" x 17.5". Image measures 8 3/4" x 12"
Edouard Garnier (1840-1903), French artist and curator of the Museum of Ceramics and Collections, made 50 original watercolors that were engraved as chromolithographs by Parisian printer Maison Quantin. Only 283 copies of the folio were produced. This engraving depicts an ornate Chinese-inspired potpourri vase, or 'pot-pourri vaisseau à mât', referring to it's design resembling a masted ship. The design is attributed to Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis (1699-1774), ceramicist and goldsmith who served as the artistic director of the factory from 1748 until his death.. Painted in the signature Sevres pink color called "fond rose", it features a hand-painted cartouche of three Chinese men playing a game. The intricate detailing, specifically the lid which is covered with small openings, shows the incredible craftsmanship and level of skill in production. Because of the intricacies, only about twelve of this model were produced, nine of which are known to have survived. These prints use a luxurious gold metallic ink to depict the gilt used in the original pieces. In very good condition.
This print comes from the book "La Porcelaine Tendre de Sèvres", or "The Soft Porcelain of Sevres", published as a historical reference to the Sevres Porcelain factory in France, known for producing some of the most highly valued porcelain collected by royalty and other prominent families worldwide. The Vincennes Porcelain Factory, founded in 1740, received significant patronage by Louis XV and his mistress Madame de Pompadour and became widely known for producing some of the finest porcelain in Europe. In 1756, the factory relocated to Sevres, and only three years later, it was purchased by the French crown. The Sevres factory is still in operation today, under ownership of the French government, and continues to manufacture some of the highest quality porcelain.