Mid-19th Century French Perfume Holder Figures Jacob Petit


This pair of perfume holder figures was produced in the mid-19th century by the well-known Parisian ceramist Jacob Petit (Paris 1796-1868).
Couple made up of a man and a woman in typically Scottish costumes, made of polychrome and gilded porcelain, marked “J.P.” in blue.
The woman is represented with a flower in her hand, while she removes the petals (some are present on the dress and in the right hand), while the man has a bagpipe resting on his leg.
Conservation: small chips and wear on the gold.

After having taught himself drawing, Jacob Petit entered, as a pupil, the studio of the painter Antoine Jaen Gros, a disciple of Jacques-Louis David, but, soon attracted by porcelain, he decided to join the Sèvres Manufactory in 1822.
Over time he managed to open his own factory in Fontainbleau, which employed 80 workers and a prestigious laboratory and atelier in Paris, at 26 rue del Bonsy. His artistic production mainly consists of decorative objects such as plates, vases, teapots, perfume bottles, but also lights and even fireplaces.

If for a long time Jacob Petit’s creations were strongly criticized for the bright colors and excessive eclecticism that characterize them, today the objects bearing his signature are highly sought after for their originality, the richness of polychromy and are considered a guarantee quality.

Creator: Jacob Petit (Manufacturer)
Dimensions: Height: 9.06 in (23 cm) Width: 4.73 in (12 cm) Depth: 5.12 in (13 cm)
Sold As: Set of 2
Style: Rococo Revival (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques: Porcelain
Place of Origin: France
Period: 1850-1859
Date of Manufacture: 1850
Condition: Good Wear consistent with age and use.

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Mid-19th Century French Perfume Holder Figures Jacob Petit