Pair of Coalport Porcelain Tazzas Picard Ormolu Mounts Antique c 1890
A pair ormolu mounted bone china (porcelain) plates, comports or tazzas with a rich cobalt blue ground and copious ornate tooled scrolling gilding in the Sevres ( Sèvres ) style. Each porcelain plate ( assiette ) is affixed to a very stylish neo-classical gilt bronze ( bronze doré ) base. These beautiful Louis XVI style mounts have the embossed cast mark Hebert and the feet are stamped Picard Fts, and number the 3373.
When we first acquired these plates we thought that they were possibly Old Paris porcelain ( Vieux Paris porcelaine ) potentially Sevres or Limoges. As they are bonded to the French mounts, we are unable to check the marks. However, as we investigated them further we established that the pattern is that of Coalport China.
They are an exquisite pair of highly decorative, lavishly gilded, cobalt blue ground, scalloped and beaded rim, Coalport English porcelain cabinet plates, on ornate ormolu mounts stamped Picard. The plates are decorated with a Sevres style pattern of rococo gilded encrusted scrolls and stylised coronets in a design known with two pattern numbers, X1785 and Z976 from the renowned Coalport China (John Rose & Co.) Ltd. Coalport, Shropshire, England.
These beautiful plates are of the finest quality English porcelain china and have been lavishly hand decorated in multiple layers of raised gold and gilt swags, scrolls, flowers, leaves, vines over a deep cobalt blue baroque band around a bright white centre.
The elegant ormolu mounts are sat on three lion paw and ball feet surmounted with acanthus leaf scrolls. These in turn support a curved triangular shaped base with a pierced centre and beaded rim. There are three, very aesthetic, classical scroll legs, pierced, beaded and acanthus leaf decorated with laurel leaf adornments. The legs are attached to a shaped and beaded rim support with a central classical grape vine drop.
These tazzas, comports or cake stands, (Stand de gâteaux, Présentoirs-à-gâteau ou pâtisserie) date from circa 1890, They are in the style popular during the French second empire period of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte or Napoleon III. This equates to the Victorian period in the late 19th century (XIXème). Some collectors may describe these bases as being in the Etruscan style.
Henri Picard was an important founder and gilder ( fondeur et doreur) in Paris from 1831 - 1884. He operated from 6, rue Jarente, Paris from 1831 to 1839. then 10, rue de la Perle. The firm was active until around 1890. He had many important and celebrated customers for his high quality products in particular for the Emperor Napoléon III including garnitures and table pieces for his petits appartements at the Louvre. The Musée du Louvre have an important pair of twelve-light candelabra by Picard.
They are in excellent antique condition. There is some minor crazing to the glaze on centres of the plates, one has some very minor scratches from use and both have a few very minor marks to the gilding on the bases. Please see the images.
These are great items for any collectors of Coalport Bone China or of French 19th century ( xixe siècle ) ormolu, gilded bronze or just a fantastic pair of decorator's pieces. They would look stunning on a dining table.
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Très belle assiettes en porcelaine doré à la main d'un décor enjolivement. Porcelaine de Coalport datant de circa 1890. Monture en bronze doré de style Louis XVI, marquee Picard. Livraison gratuite.
Overall Height 5 1/8 inches ( 13 cm)
Diameter 9 1/4 inches ( 23.5 cm)
Base Width 8 inches (20 cm)
Total weight 2999 grammes unpacked.