Rare antique Italian Capodimonte figural faience chair with incredible enamel hand painting throughout ... including 2 fabulous Fragonard-type lovers scenes (on seat and cushion inside back) in grand-Feu (high fired) colors. Rims are scrolled and painted and gilded in baroque style, with shells and flowers and scallops. The colors are incredible. 9" high X 5"wide, it is in wonderful condition, with only a small amount of scuffing on the bottom of the feet, a tiny bit of scuffing on the porcelain (no paint or detail missing), and a few tiny paint chips on the tips of the claw feet.
This chair looks like it was kept in a cabinet from the day it was made ... which, according to the red overglaze fleur-de-lis hallmark (there is also a serial number scratched into the bottom) was c. 1750. It looks so good, that it's hard to believe it's that old. But, according to the following information I received from Walter Del Pellegrino, author of the first & only books written in English about Italian ceramics history and identification, this is an extremely rare item: This hallmark was used between 1743 and 1759, during the reign of King Charles. The chair was made at the King's factory in Capodimonte. Quality porcelain was so rare in the mid 18th century that the King actually had to create his own factory in order to own porcelain. The chair was either a part of the King's own collection or perhaps a gift to a princess.
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