Rare C1840 Vieux Paris Porcelain, Louis Philippe, Swan Cornucopia Vase


Striking and rare, this spectacular vase is in the form of a swan cornucopia resting on a rectangular platform with scrolling legs. Vieux Paris, or Old Paris Porcelain, is the generic name for the porcelain manufactories within the walls of Paris between the 1780s and about 1760. Most examples are not marked. This wonderful thing is in excellent condition with unworn bright gilding, on white hard paste porcelain. The detailed, hand painted flowers are well observed. It stands 30 cm tall, and is 19 cm wide and 15 deep. The top half of the vase is bolted to the bottom figural base. It does not hold water and flowers. Vases os the time were meant to be displayed empty or with profusions of silk flowers in them. The smell of cut live flowers was considered problematic indoors, especially where food was concerned. This is a splendid example, certainly of museum quality. The best exhibition of such porcelains is to be found in the New Orleans Museum of Art, and many pieces of Vieux Paris decorate the Creole Plantation mansions around New Orleans.

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