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Magnificent Pair of Perfume Burners by Jacob Petit, Circa 1835

Maker(s):  Jacob Petit (1796-1868)
Date: Circa 1835
Materials/Techniques:    Porcelain
Dimensions: h 19.5 "
w 10.25 "

Origin: French (Fontainebleau)
Inventory #: 273
Detachable Covers
Jacob Petit (1796-1868), Marked in underglaze blue with monogram JP
49.5 × 26 cm


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The ceramics made by Jacob Petit are arguably the most distinctive and recognizable amid the plethora of porcelain manufacturers in the early to mid 19th century, a period that saw enormous amounts of ceramics being produced all over the world in varied styles to cater to the rapidly expanding bourgeois clientele. Petit published his designs in 1830-31 under the title Collection de dessins d’ornement composes, dessines et graves par Jacob Petit, featuring designs for vases, candelabras and furniture in a late Empire, Gothic revival or Neo-Rococo style. Before his foray into porcelain manufacturing Petit worked as a bronzier (bronze worker) and this experience is certainly echoed in these perfume burners, particularly in the bold forms and generous use of gilding, successfully simulating gilt-bronze.

Petit exhibited with much success and praise at the Industrial Exposition of 1834 (Exposition des Produits de l’industrie) and the design of these perfume burners first appeared at this time in a publication for the exposition entitled L’Industrie Exposition de 1834 written by Stephane Flachat in 1834 (see fig. 11)1.

Flachat mentions Petit twice in his catalogue and as Aileen Dawson mentions “Flachat remarks on the novelty, boldness and originality of Petit’s products [and] that their elaborate moulded forms represent a great technical advance [as] only one firing was used to achieve a glazed piece, cutting out the biscuit stage”.2


The Louvre Museum (Paris) acquired an identical perfume burner in 2000, which is decorated in a floral design but in a different palate of white and pink.

Related literature:

1 Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, Jacob Petit Le Plus Romantique des Porcelainiers Parisiens, article in L’Estampille L’Objet d’Art, no. 311, March 1997.

2 Aileen Dawson, French Porcelain, A Catalogue of the British Museum, British Museum Press, 1994, p. 394-395.

S. Flachat, L’Industrie. Exposition de 1834, Paris, n.d. (1834).