Rare pair of baskets “aux grâces”, Faber in Brussels
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Splendid and rare pair of neoclassical, openworked baskets with biscuit female antique figures kneeling, the Graces. Yellow rectangular bases imitating velvet green cushions with gold decorations. Signed for Frédéric Faber in Brussels, 1st manufactory of Ixelles in Brussels. Model by Charles-Christophe Windisch.
Provenance: The collections of the Duesberg Museum in Mons, Belgium.
Size: H 39cm – The upper side is 32cm wide and 22cm deep – the base is W 27cm x D 12 cm.
Brussels porcelain, circa 1825-1830
This pair is published and illustrated in “Porcelaine Royale du Royaume Uni des Pays-Bas, Frédéric Faber (1782-1844), by Cyp Quarles Van Ufford, Primavera Pers, 2004, p120.
Lit: Lit: Frédéric Faber and Charles Christophe Windisch associated their know-hows and created the Manufactory of XL I in 1824. Windisch was a fantastic porcelain designer and maker. Faber was a genius painter on porcelain. Their collaboration will enable Brussels to compete with the best manufacturers in Europe by selling very high-quality porcelain. In 1825, Faber becomes the official royal manufactory for King Willem 1st. Nevertheless, their roads separated at Belgian independence around 1830. Faber’s sons, Henri and Edouard, will take over the manufacture and work in the spirit of their father until 1849, year in which J.B. Cappellemans, owner of the Halle manufactory, will buy them over.
This exact pair is an important testimony of the achievement of the Brussel’s manufactory of Fédéric Faber and Charles-Christophe Windisch active under the king Willem I.
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