The European Decorative Arts Company's collection of Objets d'Art comprises of fine items that represent a variety of ideas, materials, and techniques in the applied arts from the 17th century through the 19th century, including examples of Russian Imperial porcelain, Trapani coral, Limoges enamel, and micromosaics, and works by Froment Meurice and Jacob Petit.
For the reasons of craftsmanship, rarity, quality and authorship, these are considered Objets d'Art (objects of art), items of luxury that are meant to provide nothing more than a feast for the eyes of their possessor.
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Pair of Neo-Classical Campana Vases, Circa 1820-30
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Decorating porcelain to simulate cameos was very fashionable during the Empire period in France. The Sèvres manufactory was perhaps the greatest proponent of this type of ornament, executing at least three lavish services from the early years of the 19th century ('Service Marli d'Or' 1805, 'Service à Camées' 1808, and 'Service Iconographie' 1811). Among the leading painters specializing in cameo decoration was Jean-Marie Degault, who joined the factory in 1808. It was an exceedingly difficult technique to master, as the true effect in imitating cameos could only be achieved through successive applications of enamel in several hues. Problems arose because each colour required multiple firings in the kiln, leading to seizing and bubbling of the enamels. Even though unmarked, these vases were clearly executed by a seasoned master who either worked at Sèvres at one point or, at the very least, trained under one of the leading factory decorators, such as Degault, Antoine Bèranger or Jean Georget.