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Jacob Petit Porcelain Brûle Parfum

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This elegant brûle parfum was created by the famed Jacob Petit

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  • This elegant porcelain brûle parfum was created by the famed Jacob Petit
  • The monumental piece was created for the Exposition de Produits de L'Industrie in 1834
  • Jacob Petit created some of the most opulent French porcelain of the 19th century

Item Details

  • Height:
    19 3/4 Inches
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In this stunning porcelain brûle parfum by renowned French ceramicist Jacob Petit, a Greco-Roman brazier is re-imagined in dramatic Rococo form. This majestic objet d'art was used for burning perfume, with the vessel's pierced cover allowing the vapors to diffuse. The central container, with floral reserves within gilt scrollwork on a green ground, features a delicate openwork rim and an opulent flame finial. The parfum is supported by three majestic paw-footed legs, adorned with lion heads and anthemion decorations. Standing upon a stepped faux marble rouge base, the luxury of Petit's porcelain creation is clearly evident. This exceptionally rare piece was created by Petit for the Exposition des Produits de L'Industrie in 1834, where it was enthusiastically received.

A very similar Jacob Petit parfum is housed in the collection of the Louvre.

French hard-paste porcelain produced by Jacob Petit, also known as Jacob Mardochée, was some of the finest of the period. Primarily known for his Rococo-inspired pieces, Petit worked at the porcelain factory at Sèvres as a painter, and bought a porcelain factory in Fontainebleau in 1830. By 1839, he employed about 200 craftsmen and enjoyed great success, finally settling in Paris in 1863. Petit won rave reviews for his decorative pieces at the 1834 Industrial Exhibition in Paris, where his work was described as novel, bold, and original, and was praised for its technical innovation.

Features Blue "J.P." monogram mark

19 3/4" high

Circa 1830

French Porcelain: A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection, 1994, Aileen Dawson

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