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Enfants bougeoirs
  • Two Children Supporting Candle Sockets
  • Enfants bougeoirs
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Possibly Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724 - 1806), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1773
  • Hard-paste porcelain, gilded
  • Figure and pedestal, C482, Height: 24 cm
    Figure, C482, Height: 22.1 cm
    Pedestal, C482, Object size: 4 x 11.3 cm
    Figure and pedestal, C483, Height: 22.1 cm
    Figure, C483, Height: 17.9 cm
    Pedestal, C483, Object size: 4.2 x 11.2 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls, surmounted by a crown for hard-paste, enclosing 'u' the date letter for 1773 on C482 Painted in grey, (possibly remnants of gilding)
    Incised mark: 'AP' for the répareur Alexis Pépin
    Mark: 'H' and a fleur de lis
  • C482-3
  • Study
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  • These hard-paste candle-holders are very unusual and only four pairs were recorded at Sèvres, all made in 1773 and three of them sold to members of the French Court.

    They are early examples of hard-paste porcelain biscuit figures, using earlier forms to try out the new material (they are probably based on Jean-Jacques Bachelier's figures for Louis XV's first dinner service in the 1750s). Both figures are entirely covered in gilding, which was applied directly to the unglazed biscuit ground, suggesting that there was a problem obtaining the whiteness of the previous soft-paste figures and that the gilding was used to conceal imperfections.