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Le Tallec Studio Decorated French Porcelain

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All Items: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Ceramics: French: Porcelain: Pre 1960: item # 1158090

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Le Tallec Studio Decorated French Porcelain
This French hand gilded trellis-work surrounding enameled purple-pink flower heads shows as a jeweled bibelot. LeTallec decorating studios started in France in 1930.[37A] Up to today, it decorates a very small number of boxes, entirely by hand enameling, generally as private stock for high end retailers (Bonwitt Teller, Tiffany & Co., etc.).[37B] Their hand painting is consistently exquisite.[37C] The bottom of the box has the Le Tallec mark (#3) started in 1941 and artist initials 'S.F.'. It covers the name of the French porcelain blank manufacturer with a gold 'floral'. In red enamel is French script. We translate: 'Designed and painted entirely by hand by LeTallec of Paris, France' It was probably made in 1957.[39A] A flower head hammered clasp holds the brass bands of fillets as a hinged joint between the cover and the body. Opening the cover reveals a removable bright brass lighter. Non-smokers can use the bibelot, with the lighter canister removed, as a cylindrical box. The French have long used the motif of alternating small leaves on a straight vine in various colors on ceramics.[68A, 68B, 167C, 184D] Crossing the pattern into a trellis with flower medallions centered, can be found as decoration on a Sevres cup and saucer made in 1766.[184D] The pattern of straight vines with alternating leaves was popular through the 19th Century on coffee pots and cups.[184E, 184F, 167C] Dagoty, an Old Paris porcelain manufacturer, decorated a coffee service using a similar star burst flower with gold dot inside trellis work.[167G] References available upon request. The box is sold as a restored LeTallec French porcelain. Size: ~ 4 7/8" H x 2 1/2"; Weight: ~ 287 grams; Hardness: 7 Mohs scale.

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