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Gabriel Fourmaintraux. Pair of Lamps. Sevres, ca. 1900. $895.00

Pair of Lamp Designs (Reference 3,693 and 3,931)

Blue and white are all the rage in design right now from Martha Stewart to Pinturesque to MixCentury.
One in a blue, pink and white floral and ribbon design, the other in a multicolored Japanese influenced floral design with insets showing the effect in 3 other background colors. Option written in pencil include with bronze base or in porcelain.

For almost 300 years, since it was produced under the patronage of Louis XV, Sevres porcelain has been highly regarded for its high quality and beautiful design. These watercolors and hand water colored pouchoir prints are original designs created by the Sevres artist Gabriel Fourmaintraux to serve as guides for the painters of the porcelain and as sales tools for prospective clients showing them the range of sizes, decorative motifs, and finishing available at varying prices. The inclusion of pencil notations of prices, sizes and finishing options and stamps indicating order numbers are evidence of the fascinating role of the works as working designs. Our collection includes depictions of breakfast, dinner and dessert serving pieces, boxes, trays, lamps, table and toiletry accessories, vases, etc. Each is a beautiful and unique historical record of French decorative art.

A museum (A la belle Epoque de la Faience de Desevres) has been established in what were Gabriel Fourmaintraux’s workshops. It is located just outside of Paris at 114 rue Jean Jaures in Desevres.

12 ¾ x 19 inches, sheet.
Water color drawing.
Nice condition save paper residue on reverse of upper edge of sheet.