Cup and saucer gilt ground and flowers, Schoelcher in Paris

Circa 1820

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High quality cup and matching saucer with blue and red flowers on gilt ground. The gold is nicely engraved which elevates the overall design. A butterfly engraved in the gold in the middle of the saucer. The butterfly is an important symbol in the Empire esthetics.

Size: H 8cm – diameter saucer: 12,5cm

Attributed to the manufactory of Marc Schoelcher, circa 1820

Lit.: In 1789, Marc Schoelcher, dealer in Faience and porcelain in Rue de la Monnaie in Paris, buys out the prestigious manufactory of le Comte d’Artois, based on rue du faubourg Saint-Denis. Close to the Locré family, Marc knows his way around porcelain making. In 1806, the year of his divorce, he opened another store, boulevard des Italiens, which will be active until 1834. At the Paris Exhibition in 1819, Schoelcher wins a silver medal for porcelain pieces “as beautiful as those of Sèvres”. Schoelcher porcelain is always of high quality. His son Victor will work with him before becoming a politician and sign in 1848 the decree that will abolish slavery. Father and son will both be buried at the Panthéon in Paris in 1849.

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