C1810 French Empire Vieux Paris Pair Plates
This spectacular pair of plates is Vieux Paris, (Old Paris porcelain) and about 1810. Each is painted en grisaille with musical trophies. The borders are dappled mauve in imitation of amethyst, and decorated with etched gilt lions, whose tails turn into Vitruvian scrolls, and lyres. Diameter is 22 cm. There is a backstamp, which is very smudged and so illegible. However, it is stamped in red, in block letters, has three lines and certainly the third line is A Paris. Chances are substantial that it is Desprez, rue de Recolets, a Paris. The almost legible last letters of line two certainly fit this attribution. If that is the case the factory was then at rue de Lancry (1798-C1825) The factory closed in 1834, long before most of the Paris porcelain manufactories moved out of Paris to Limoges due to the extensive demolition and rebuilding of Paris in the Second Empire. Last sold buy us to the delightful and charming, late Richard Divall, of musical fame, and we are happy to have them available again.
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