C1815 Rare PAIR of Empire Vieux Paris Porcelain Dolphin Baskets, attributed to Dagoty.

$5,000.00 the Museum Quality pair.

We have a truly ravishing pair of Old Paris (Vieux Paris) porcelain baskets on entwined dolphin bases. Dolphins are a particularly charged motif in French culture as the crown prince is called the dolphin: Dauphin. BIG; 29 cm tall, 36 cm wide and 18 cm deep. There is a firing crack (from birth) inside one, and on its dolphin's tail.

One of the major collections of Vieux Paris porcelain in the world is at the New Orleans Museum of Art, which is a treasure house well worth the difficulty of getting there. Unlike just about any other of New Orleans' many museums, it is far from the French Quarter. This surprisingly well appointed museum includes an identical corbeille, of identical size, and attributes it to Dagoty who flourished inside the walls of Paris 1799-1816. It has an impressive Old Paris collection because so many of the plantations and town mansions of Louisiana (after Louis XIV of France) were inhabited by French creoles, who naturally bought French luxury objects in profusion. The first permanent habitation was in 1699.

Two brothers, Pierre-Louis (1771-1840) and Etienne-Jean-Baptiste Dagoty (1772-1800) achieved great renown for their hard paste porcelains.The Dagotys' Paris manufactory was at Rue de Chevreuse, Paris while his shop was at boulevard Montmartre. The factory was under the protection of the Empress Josephine and supplied porcelain for Versailles. You will find Dagoty porcelains in every major museum in the world, from both museums in the Louvre Palace Complex, The New York's Metropolitan, and onwards. Seldom are those museum exhibits as grand as this pair. 

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