19th Century Bleu Celeste Sèvres Porcelain Ormolu Lamp For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 18 images

19th Century Bleu Celeste Sèvres Porcelain Ormolu Lamp

About

This is a stunning French Sèvres "Bleu Celeste" hand painted porcelain and ormolu urn converted into a lamp, circa 1870 in date. The ovoid porcelain body is painted with three gilt-framed panels depicting cherubs on a blue celest ground which is suspended on three cabriole legs terminating in paw feet on a tripod base. Add an elegant touch to any room in your home. Condition: In excellent condition with no chips, cracks or signs of repair, re-wired please see photos for confirmation of condition. Dimensions in cm: Height 47 x width 20 x depth 21 Dimensions in inches: Height 18.5 x width 7.9 x depth 8.3 Sèvres Porcelain traces its roots in France to early craftsmen who had small manufacturing operations in such places as Lille, Rouen. St. Cloud, and most notably Chantilly. It is from Chantilly that a cadre of workers migrated to the Chateau de Vincennes near Paris to form a larger porcelain manufactory in 1738. French King Louis XV, perhaps inspired by his rumoured relationship with mistress Madame de Pompadour, took an intense interest in porcelain and moved the operation in 1756 to even larger quarters in the Paris suburb of Sevres. Sevres was also conveniently near the home of Madame de Pompadour and the King's own Palace at Versailles. From the outset the king's clear aim was to produce Sèvres Porcelain that surpassed the established Saxony works of Meissen and Dresden. Though the French lacked an ample supply of kaolin, a required ingredient for hard-paste porcelain (pate dure), their soft-paste porcelain (pate tendre) was fired at a lower temperature and was thus compatible with a wider variety of colours and glazes that in many cases were also richer and more vivid. Unglazed white Sèvres Porcelain "biscuit" figurines were also a great success. However, soft-paste Sèvres Porcelain was more easily broken. Therefore, early pieces of Sèvres Porcelain that remain intact have become rare indeed. The Sèvres Porcelain manufactory always seemed to be in dire financial straits despite the incredibly fine works it produced. In fact, the king's insistence that only the finest items be created may have contributed to the difficulties. Only a limited number of European nobility could afford the extravagant prices demanded for such works. King Louis XV and eventually his heir, the ill-fated Louis XVI, were obliged to invest heavily in the enterprise. Ultimately, the Sèvres Porcelain Factory produced items under the name of "Royal" and thus the well-known Sevres mark was born. King Louis XV even mandated laws that severely restricted other porcelain production in France so as to retain a near monopoly for his Sèvres Porcelain. The king even willingly became chief salesman for the finest of his products, hosting an annual New Year's Day showing for French nobility in his private quarters at Versailles. He eagerly circulated among potential buyers, pitching the merits of ownership and policing the occasional light-fingered guest. Sèvres Porcelain may have indeed given the makers of Meissen and Dresden a run for their money by the end of the 18th century but for the French Revolution. By 1800, the Sèvres Porcelain Works were practically out of business due to the economic devastation of the new French Republic. About the time when Napoleon Bonaparte named himself Emperor of France (1804), a new director was named for the Sèvres Porcelain manufactory. Alexandre Brongniart, highly educated in many fields, resurrected Sèvres Porcelain. Soft-paste porcelain was eliminated altogether thanks to the earlier discovery of kaolin near Limoges. For four decades until his death, Brongniart presided over monumental progress for Sèvres Porcelain, catering not only to Napoleon himself, but at last to include the more financially profitable mid-priced market in the emerging middle class. Ormolu (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze. The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'. The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object. No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Details

  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    08981
  • Reference Number
    LU950614006272
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 14 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2012
Located in London, GB
Associations:
LAPADA - The Association of Arts & Antiques Dealers
More From This Seller
Antique Pair of Sèvres Bleu Celeste Porcelain Ormolu Candelabra, 19th Century
Antique Pair of Sèvres Bleu Celeste Porcelain O...
Antique 1850s French Porcelain
Porcelain, Ormolu
This is a delightful antique pair of 19th century French Sèvres porcelain mounted ormolu candelabra. The cylinder-shaped Sèvres porcelain columns feature hand painted panels of s...
Pair of Bleu Celeste Sevres Porcelain Gilt Bronze Lidded Urns, 19th Century
Pair of Bleu Celeste Sevres Porcelain Gilt Bron...
Antique 1870s French Porcelain
Porcelain, Ormolu
This is a stunning pair of French twin handle ormolu garniture lidded urns with Sevres hand painted porcelain, circa 1870 in date. With decorative ormolu ram head handles and ormo...
Antique Pair of Large French Bleu Celeste Sèvres Vases Lamps, 19th Century
Antique Pair of Large French Bleu Celeste Sèvre...
Antique 1870s French Porcelain
Porcelain, Ormolu
This is an exquisite large pair of French Sèvres Porcelain and ormolu mounted oil burning table lamps that have been skillfully converted to electricity retaining their original and ...
Antique Pair of French Sevres Porcelain Bleu Celeste Vases, 18th Century
Antique Pair of French Sevres Porcelain Bleu Ce...
Antique 1760s French Porcelain
Porcelain, Ormolu
This fine and rare antique pair of French Sèvres porcelain vases bearing the Sèvres painted mark for 1765. The decorative twin handle vases are superbly decorated with high-qualit...
You May Also Like
19th Century Sevres Porcelain Centerpiece
19th Century Sevres Porcelain Centerpiece
Sèvres Porcelain
Antique 1880s French Centerpieces
Porcelain
Sevres porcelain centerpiece. White bisque caryatids with a cobalt blue dish.
19th Century Sevres Style Porcelain Pedestal
19th Century Sevres Style Porcelain Pedestal
Antique Late 19th Century French Empire Porcelain
Porcelain
This outstanding pedestal beautifully exhibits the style and grace of the famed Sèvres porcelain manufactory. This exceptional piece features a lustrous light blue base, which provid...
French Sèvres-style Porcelain Plate with Gilded-Bronze, Ormolu, 19th Century
French Sèvres-style Porcelain Plate with Gilded...
Manufacture de Sevres
Antique 19th Century French Rococo Centerpieces
Porcelain
This French Sèvres-style porcelain plate from the 19th century is set in a gilt bronze mount, ormolu that features a Rococo base, rim and two handles with stylized foliage and c-scro...
Pair of 19th Century Sevres Porcelain Vases
Pair of 19th Century Sevres Porcelain Vases
Manufacture de Sevres
Antique 19th Century French Porcelain
Porcelain
A good quality pair of 19th century 'Sevres' porcelain hand-painted classical vases, depicting romantic scenes to the panels, set in a dark blue background with gilded decoration and...
Pair of 19th Century Sevres, Ormolu-Mounted Vases

Pair of 19th Century Sevres, Ormolu-Mounted Vases

By Manufacture de Sevres
$11,187 / set
Pair of 19th Century Sevres, Ormolu-Mounted Vases
Manufacture de Sevres
Antique 19th Century French Porcelain
Porcelain, Ormolu
A fine quality pair of 19th century French 'Sevres' porcelain vases, each having wonderful gilded ormolu mounts. The classical romantic and cherub scenes set in turquoise background.
French 19th Century Napoleon III Sévres Style Porcelain and Ormolu Mounted Urn
French 19th Century Napoleon III Sévres Style P...
Sèvres Manufacture Imperiale
Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Porcelain
Porcelain, Ormolu
A very fine French 19th Century Napoleon III Sévres Style Porcelain and Ormolu Mounted Covered Urn, the 360 degree painted urn centered with an 18th century scene of a young Princess...
19th Century Blue Porcelain Cup in Sevres Style
19th Century Blue Porcelain Cup in Sevres Style
Samson & Cie
Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Porcelain
Porcelain
Oval blue? porcelain ?cup with polychromatic decoration composed of a large cartouche with gilt-decorated borders depicting a man and a young woman in a landscape, sitting on the gra...
19th Century Antique French Sevres Porcelain Plate, Signed
19th Century Antique French Sevres Porcelain Pl...
Manufacture de Sevres
Antique 19th Century French Porcelain
Porcelain
19th century antique French Sevres porcelain plate, signed. Sèvres porcelain, French hard-paste, or true, porcelain as well as soft-paste porcelain (a porcellaneous material rather ...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries