Presenting an exceptional pair of miniature chairs, each with stunningly fine kiln-fired enamel plaques as the upholstery. Figural and in the Romantic Era manner of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, the one is an arm chair and the other a side chair, matching and offered as the pair (2 pieces). This process, which I've written about many times, is one only accomplished with the skill of years and years of practice. The enamel powders are various shades of muddy mauve, taupe, blues, not the least resembling the color they will become once the kiln melts them into the glassine or porcelain like finished product you see here. So an artist is layering on stroke after stroke, working quite literally blind as far as the colors and spacing of the finished outcome he/she hopes to achieve. It is the memory that guides the hand in this art. And subject to such whims of nature and memory, it's always amazing to me that they come out with anything but a glob. I've tried this art, myself, and believe me, it's very difficult. I mostly get globs. The nature of the process is part of the reason why these old kiln-fired objects have such a following and bring the prices they continue to bring.
Very good to excellent condition on both, these are as fine as they come. The artisan's skill is immense on the set. There are no flaws to note and the frames holding the enamel works are also in fine undamaged form. These have been treasured, not mishandled ever. Our photos show them clearly, enlarged. The chairs are each less than 3" tall. Full measurements can be found on our photos. No chips, no cracks in the enamel. Superb set for doll house or enamel collectors.
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