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A pair of Paris porcelain “fruit” baskets

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A  pair of Paris porcelain “fruit” baskets
A remarkable and vivid pair of French reticulated fruit baskets, circa 1825, with a surrounding circular ring depicting floral arrangements, or caisse a fleurs, framed within a raised and gilded Rococo border. The contrast of the mint green and pink ground is strikingly alluring. Many pieces of Paris porcelain of this era, which were decorated with a bright mint green background, have been attributed to the workshop of Jacob Petit, whose superior and long lasting workshop received a bronze medal in the Paris exhibition of 1839, and a silver star in the exhibition of 1849. The Baron Dupin stated that ...All the decorators admit that M. Petit’s decorations have given a new uplift to the porcelain business... and another judge, Stephane Flachat, who was astonished at Petit’s work, proudly stated his admiration for this spirited and enterprising artist and elaborated that ...the design, shape, and relief of the objects he saw in them a vigour and thoughfulness.... It is quite evident that a number of competing Parisian workshops were capable of producing wares similar to Petit’s both in form and color. The Feuillet, Nast, and Marceaux factories are just a few examples of porcelain makers and decorators who were also much celebrated, honored, and renowned by producing work similar in characteristic and articulation. CONDITION: Excellent, bearing no chips or repairs. Each basket retains its original steel rod securing the top to the bottom.

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