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Philippe Parpette (1736 - 1808)
  • Place of Birth: Chantilly, France
  • Place of Death: Sèvres, France
Biography
Works of Art

Painter, gilder and enameller, op. 1755 - 1757, 1773 - 1806.

He was a pupil and then a painter at Chantilly before coming to Vincennes in 1755 as a flower painter. In 1757 he left the factory, returning in 1773. During his absence he may have worked as an enameller in Paris; the signature papette appears on a gold box of 1763-4 in the Musée du Louvre with floral decoration in enamel.

It may be significant that Parpette, probably an enameller, returned to Sèvres in 1773, the year in which experiments began with the application on porcelain of jewelled enamelling on gold foils; he later claimed to have invented the technique of fixing the foils to the hard paste.

Most of his work was on tea and useful wares, particularly cups and saucers. In 1782 he worked on the jewelling of cups and saucers painted with portraits of the King and Queen and the comte and comtesse du Nord.