Napoleon III Style Pair Of Limoges Porcelain Cups With Plate Hand Painted
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We kindly suggest that you read the entire description, as with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Valuable and particular pair of fine white porcelain collection cups with saucer; the shape, a little rounded, is very graceful and original; the cups and saucers are finished with harmonious pure gold decorations the elegant workmanship is completely handmade; in the central part opposite the handle we find two finely hand-painted portraits, one depicting a young Napoleon Bonaparte wearing an officer's uniform, and the other his first consort Josephine de la Pagerie dressed in a luxurious gown; on the saucers, the initial "N" of Napoleon has been inscribed. The two cups were made between 1880 and 1890 in the Limoges area of France, whose mark we find on both the cups and saucers. Contrary to popular belief, Limoges does not indicate a factory, but a production area comprising several manufacturers all located in central France. Its fortunes began with the discovery of kaolin deposits near the town, purchased by King Louis XVI who, in 1711, granted the privilege of manufacture to the first manufactory. During the nineteenth century, the number of factories grew, and, even today, it is the main French center for porcelain manufacture. Limoges hard-paste porcelain has always been distinguished by its particularly white color but also by the great skill and mastery of the decorators who have decreed its success throughout the world. Every object from the factories in this city was marked with the words Limoges France sometimes accompanied by the manufacturer's initials. In 1962 the French government, in order to protect this heritage, established the appellation of origin for objects from Limoges. Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French since 1804, conquered much of Europe, after the disastrous Russian campaign abdicated he was sent into exile, but returned to France and reassumed power for 100 days that ended in 1815 with the defeat at Waterloo; Napoleon died in exile on the island of St. Helena on May 5, 1815. Josephine de la Pagerie was her incomparable pearl; after the death of her first husband, and before she met Napoleon, Josephine was attributed to romantic relationships with several important political figures. She met General Napoleon Bonaparte, younger than her by six years, in 1795. Napoleon asked for her hand in marriage, and the two were married on March 9, 1796. Until her meeting with Napoleon, she had always used the name Rose, but Napoleon began calling her Josephine, which remained her name from then on. A Creole woman, experienced in all kinds of relationships, Josephine Beauharnais, never loved Napoleon and allowed herself not a few alternatives. But Napoleon's "Cleopatra" was beautiful and charming. Unfortunately, she failed to bear him a child (although she did with others) and in 1810 the marriage was broken up. Measures cup height cm.8, width cm.8, saucer diameter cm.14. The cups are in good condition. For all our shipments we use special packaging materials (wooden crates, styrofoam, etc.) for maximum protection and safety of the items.
19th century (1800-1899)
Place of origin:
8H x 8DI
3,15H x 3,15DI
Creator / Artist:
Good; Wear consistent with age and use. The cups are in good condition.
Bazaar Sas Furniture
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