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A fine and rare pair of French Paris porcelain urns

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A fine and rare pair of French Paris porcelain urns
A fine and rare pair of French Paris porcelain urns, with grisaille (or monochrome) decorations, circa 1790, attributed to the Clignancourt factory and almost certainly painted by Georges Lamprecht with lids that depict Roman warriors and battle scenes which imaginably evoke the military campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte. Minor wear to the gilding, otherwise, excellent condition. The arrival of Georges Lamprecht to the Clignancourt factory in 1783 gave new impetus to the new monochrome or grisaille style, which was very hard to produce. It allowed for a great delicacy of stroke and shaded relief and was subsequently exploited by other Paris factories such as Sevres and Dihl and Guerhard during the Ancien Regime of Napoleon. Gilt decorations on a white background is a triumph for any Paris porcelain factory, as it required a faultless blank. In fact, there is a covered broth bowl in The Sevres Museum of Ceramics painted by Georges Lamprecht after a blank mold copied from the Clignancourt factory. Lamprecht was considered the most talented artist working in grisaille, a difficult technique that gcaused despair among painters at Sevres who complained they had not yet got the hang of it. Very little grisaille work is known to exist on presentation ware, either for sale, or in institutions. A very handsome pair with wonderful faux marble bases. The pair are 14 in height.

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