This is a rare and stunning part dessert service decorated by the Atelier Feuillet. The service consists of eight plates and a comport.
Jean-Pierre Feuillet was born in 1777 as the son of the pastry chef for the Prince de Condé. The prince ran a school in his chateau outside Paris in Chantilly, and Jean-Pierre learned to paint there. In 1814 he set up his own porcelain decoration studio at the Rue de la Paix, under protection of the Prince. Later his nephew extended this with a second studio nearby in the Impasse Sandrié. They used blanks from several Paris porcelain factories, including the famous Nast and the Darte Frères. The Atelier Feuillet would grow out to one of the best porcelain decoration shops in France, specially appointed as suppliers to the aristocracy, and churning out huge quantities of top-quality table ware, vases and other decorative items.
This part-dessert service was fired in one of the Paris factories and decorated around the year 1835 by Feuillet Neveu in Impasse Sandrié, as you can read on the back of one of the plates. It consists of 8 plates and a comport, all with a deep "French green" or "fond vert" rim with raised gilding and stunning flower and fruit studies in the centre. In the early 19th Century, the European nobility loved these realistic flower and fruit studies.
CONDITION REPORT The service is in excellent condition with no damage, crazing or restoration, and very little wear. There is clearly visible wear on the foot of the comport, see last picture; otherwise the wear is negligible.
Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. This set is relatively free from any firing specks but you might see some.
Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.
There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!
DIMENSIONS plates 25cm (9 3/4") diameter; comport 21.5cm (8.5") diameter and 11.5cm (4.5") high.
Paris Feuillet Neveu part dessert service, ca 1835
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