A fine pair of Empire period ormolu and bisque porcelain candelabra
A fine pair of Empire period ormolu and bisque porcelain candelabra

A fine pair of Empire period ormolu and bisque porcelain candelabra

c. 1815 France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£45,000 gbp
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The bisque porcelain by the Nast Manufacture (French, 1783-1835)
Each modelled as a standing cross-armed Egyptian female figure in a wrinkled robe, surmounted by a fruit basket with an emerging central torch with ringed snake surrounded by a set of five light candelabra, on a stepped cylinder base.

The manufacture de Nast was a prominent hard-paste porcelain factory founded in Paris in 1783 by Jean Népomucène Hermann Nast, an Austrian born French citizen. After working at a porcelain manufacturer in Versailles, Nast opened his own small factory in Paris in 1783. Following its successes through sales to the government of the French Directory and the court of Napoleon I the firm needed increased production and Nast with his two sons opened a large factory located on the rue du Chemin-Vert in the 11th arrondissement of Paris in 1806. At the rue du Chemin Vert location Nast employed new techniques for the application of gold porcelain in high bas-relief. Nast patented this process in 1810. The manufacture de Nast was also in the forefront of developing new highly pigmented color glazes. Working with French chemist Louis Vauquelin, the first to isolate the element chromium in 1797 created an intense malachite green glaze called viridian that was able to remain stable at very high temperatures. Nast's two sons continued management of the manufacture de Nast until its sale in 1835.
A similar pair of candelabra is displayed in: R. de Plinval de Guillebon, Les biscuits de porcelaine de Paris XVIIIe-XIXe siècle, Dijon 2012
Height 82.00 cm (32.28 inches)
Diameter 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
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Porcelain, ormolu (gilt-bronze)
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