A set of 12 exquisite French antique hand-painted porcelain dishes made in the factory of Marc Schoelcher circa 1810-1820. They show a variety of French country landscape scenes with romanticized visions of country life, featuring figural and hunting scenes. We see for example a pack of hounds chasing a deer, two hunters crossing a field, two women with young children near a castle, a couple near a waterfall, a group of young children with a matron outside a church, a doe and a fawn in a forest clearing. With a typical French sophisticated humor one of the dishes shows a hermit in his cave talking to a parrot! The borders have rich gilding with a variety of decorative motifs and rosettes.
H 1 in. x Dm 8.75 in.
The Schoelcher factory operated in Paris from 1798-1834. Their porcelains were of the highest quality.
Romanticism (also known as the Romantic era) was an artistic, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. It was at its peak in the period from 1800-1850. Romanticism in the decorative arts was characterized by its glorification of nature. The movement emphasized intense emotion in showing the beauty of nature.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a pair of Schoelcher vases made during this period. The museum describes their pair of vases as being ornate with delicately painted landscapes and lavish gilded decoration.
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