Pair of porcelain vases signed Jacob Petit in Paris with polychrome decorated flowers in high relief on white background. We can notice the inventiveness of forms, the contrast of bright colors and the careful work of small white flowers, characteristic decoration of this manufacturer of porcelain of very original and full of fantasy style. The mid-nineteenth century saw the triumph of the Rocaille, but also the triumph of reliefs. Increasingly, the improvements made to molding make possible to manufacture parts quickly with reliefs which were decors in themselves. The two vases are signed in blue JP. Very good condition, some petals slightly chipped.
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."
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