A set of three antique Niderviller porcelain open-work baskets. Made in France, circa 1800, the open-work baskets are decorated with delicate, feminine flowers painted in deep pink, soft green, and blue. Each basket has two medallions with sprigs of flowers known in France as “Fleur Barbeaux.” The well of each basket also has this flower decoration.
This was the favorite porcelain design of the Queen of France, Marie Antionette.
The smaller pair of baskets is 8 inches diameter x 3.5 inches height, the larger single basket is 9.25 inches diameter x 4 inches height.
Excellent, with small original firing lines along the inside edge of the small baskets.
$2,900 for the set. $1,800 for the pair of baskets if purchased separately, and $1,400 for the single larger basket.
In the mid-1700s, porcelain became so popular among the nobility that aristocrats began sponsoring their own manufactories. Jean-Louis Beyerlé, an advisor to the king, founded one such operation at Niderviller in 1748, developing it out of an earlier faience making business. The new enterprise initially drew its workers and stylistic inspiration from a neighbouring concern in Strasbourg, which produced ceramic wares in the Rococo taste. At Niderviller, the workers modified the bright Strasbourg palette, making it softer.
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