A Jacob Petit Paris porcelain statue with polychrome decoration depicting a greyhound on a terrace. Between its forepaws rests a hare. Signed in blue JP.
Jacob Petit (1796-1865): the most famous porcelain manufacturer of the century had not the vocation of ceramist. He began studying painting at Gros, then leaves Paris for England which gave him the taste of the decorative object: on his return to France in 1830, he hastens to publish a book of interior decoration including all that relates to furniture. Soon, porcelain seemed the best way to express his tastes. A Sevres, a studio will be a first ephemeral attempt. By 1830, Jacob Petit and his brother Mardochée (in fact, there is no brother Mardochée since Jacob Petit's real name is Jacob Mardoché. His real brother Bernard is committed in the Napoleonic armies as a draftsman cartographer. Jacob Petit had made ​​his name with the nickname and the surname of his wife), Jacob Petit, therefore, a firm is then established in Belleville. The success and ambition help, in 1838, the ceramist buys modest Weill Baruch firm, in Fontainebleau. In 1850, he groups his two factories in Avon, but some years later, in 1862, he retires from Paradise Street Poissonière, transferring its business to one of his workers, Jacquemain. Jacob Petit will obtein several patents: "Tisane giving time", "Heads of porcelain dolls," "the application of gold on porcelain" or "new molding process."
Bibliography: Plinval de Guillebon, Régine de, Faience et porcelaine de Paris XVIIIe-XIXe siècles, Dijon, Editions Faton, 1995, pp. 303-305.
Dim: W: 9,8 in - D: 4,3in - H: 7,9in.
Dim: L:25cm, P:11cm, H:20cm.
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