A lovely pair of French bisque busts. I love the symbolism in these pieces. Spring is a young maiden just beginning to bloom. Her hair is braided and she is somewhat reserved; notice she is well-covered by her clothes. She reminds us of closed buds and seeds that are about to bloom.
Her crown is made of daisies which represent innocence and purity. She wears a locket, as if to say when you unlock the secrets of spring, summer is revealed... Summer is much more revealing and sensual, with her clothes slipping off and unbuttoned, and her hair unraveling. She wears a vibrant silk ribbon painted in several shades of green. Whereas Spring is in bud, Summer is in bloom.
She wears a fully bloomed rose in her hair. Such thought and care was given to details that her hair even has a very subtle green tint.She gazes off to her right, lost in a deep summer reverie. Spring has her secrets, her pleasures withheld, while summer unfolds, a vision in pinks and greens.
These pieces were so carefully designed and thought out. The bisque gives a gorgeous powdery glowing effect to the skin. Bright jewel colors are a hallmark of this period of porcelain making in Paris in the early to mid 1800s.
Doll-like faces are just amazing, with deeply carved intaglio eyes, painted in two shades, with applied white-enamel dots, 2 per eye, for the light in their eyes. Beautifully multi-colored shaded lids and delicately painted individual lashes and brows. It takes a lot of expertise to paint such perfection in a face.
These are treasures of a bygone era, the early days of porcelain making in France. By the late 1800s, having developed new and "improved" porcelain-making techniques, they just weren't making them like this anymore. Excellent condition, with only some gold loss (don't handle the gold; it is delicate on these old pieces as it was only lightly fired), some tiny chips to bottom base rim, and an old chip repair to base, pictured. Solid, very heavy pieces, which is typical of French porcelain from this era, which was not hollowed out much. Basically these were made from big solid heavy slabs of clay.They feel wonderful in the hand. They are 6 lbs each and are just shy of 13 inches tall. I have been collecting Paris porcelain for over 30 years. There was a period in France, from about the early to mid 1800s, known as the Paris Porcelain Period, when the bisque coming out of Paris was just exquisite.
There really is nothing else like it in all the world. Meticulously carved from solid blocks of clay and expertly painted, Paris porcelain was coveted by the French royal and noble classes. Most of the Paris manufactories did not mark their wares.The reason involves a bit of history having to do with the king and his crown-owned porcelain manufactory, Sevres. To disable the competition, the king passed laws, royal decrees, prohibiting competing factories from doing many things. For instance, competing factories were not allowed to use gold on their porcelain. They were only allowed to use one color of glaze. Many porcelain factories just did these things anyway, using bright gold detailing and fabulous bold colors, taking their chances and turning out amazing works of art, which were not marked so the owners would not be arrested, their goods seized. This did happen on occasion; there are records of the king's men descending upon porcelain houses, arresting the owners for violating these decrees and seizing the goods! However, most of the porcelain factories were able to get away with defying the king, and it is lucky for us that they did; we are left with these rare and wonderful treasures that were only made for a relatively short time in French porcelain history. That is why these busts are marked only with impressed numbers, no maker's mark.
Founder of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (National Society of Fine Arts), Belleuse was recipient of the Légion d'honneur , the highest award an artist can be granted in France. Mentor of the young Auguste Rodin, they worked together on projects for many years. Belleuse was master sculptor and artistic director at both Mintons and Sevres at different points in his career.
His sculptures are displayed in public spaces, such as the Grand Opera House in Paris, as well as in respected museums all over the world. Bust of Carrier-Belleuse by Auguste Rodin.
Here's the inspiration for our Spring bust! And here is a signed Belleuse Summer bust. Photos taken with daylight bulbs for accurate color.
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