A Jacob Petit porcelain pagoda figure of a bearded Chinaman

JACOB PETIT (1796-1865)

A Jacob Petit porcelain pagoda figure of a bearded Chinaman

19th century France

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£5,500 gbp
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Seated cross-legged and wearing elaborately decorated robes, his head, hands and tongue articulated.

Jacob Petit was one of the most popular porcelain artists of the 19th Century. Born in Paris, as a youngster he had taught himself to draw and after being a student in the studio of Antoine-Jean Gros, a disciple of Jacques-Louis David, was admitted by the Sèvres Manufacture in 1822 as a painter. After learning more about French hard-paste porcelain techniques and gaining experience, Petit opened his own porcelain factory in Fontainebleau in 1830 with his brother Mardochée, which he later re-located in Paris.
Inspired from his travels across Europe, Petit developed his own style and revolutionised the art of porcelain, introducing a mix of Neoclassical, Rococo and Romantic elements using a colourfully distinct palette. The colours most used in his works were pale pink, light green, mauve, black and gold. He specialised in mainly decorative pieces such as ornamental vases, statues, clocks, inkwells and perfume bottles which he decorated in the neo-Rococo rocaille style of the 18th Century, which was very popular during Louis-Philippe’s reign (1830-48).
Responding to the important demand for Chinese antique-style porcelain, he also made copies of Sèvres vases, Meissen figures, Chinese export porcelain and more.
He would either use the cobalt-blue or impressed initials "J.P." as his mark, even though many of his pieces were left unmarked.
Height 30.00 cm (11.81 inches)
Width 29.00 cm (11.42 inches)
Depth 30.00 cm (11.81 inches)
Stock Code
Porcelain, gilt
With blue JP mark
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