Beautiful and rare Old Paris porcelain French Rococo Veilleuse with warming stand and lid. This is a three-part piece with raised acanthus leaf decoration to the base which is supported on scrolled feet. The turquoise banding is highlighted with gilt.
This delightful device was used mainly in the 19th century to keep a drink or semi-liquid food warm during the night in the sometimes harsh climates of Northern Europe. The name derives from the French meaning “night vigil” and was often times found at the bedside of infants and invalids. Decorative Veilleuses were sometimes given to young brides to keep them company on their first nights as wives. Usually the Veilleuse consists of a hollow pedestal with pierced vents surmounted by a covered food bowl or small teapot. Oil was burned to heat the bottom of the pot or bowl. They were most popular between the years 1750 and 1860.
This Veilleuse is in excellent condition with a few tiny slivers to the inside rim of the lid and to the base of the teapot that fits into the stand, there is also minor gilt loss to be expected in a piece of this age.
Size: 11 ¼” H.
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