Offered for sale is a rare 19th century French jardinière on stand fitted with hand painted Paris porcelain plaques and cover, after the style of Edouard Lievre (1829 – 1886.) The planter or jardinière is beatifully inlaid with florals and geometric banding; the cover lifts off to reveal a compartment, which was used to hold potpourri (parfumerie,) to grow bulbs, or to hold flowers (some versions had liners.) The stand has C-scrolled ebonized legs fitted with ormolu and finely cast bronze ram's head mounts. The plaques show frolicking cherubs, a woman, and a satyr.
This jardinière represents a form of small work table that was highly prized in 18th and 19th century aristocratic French houses, the more one owned the more affluent the household.
The table is in very good condition with some restoration to the ebonized finish, a professional repair to one of the leg stands, and slight warping to the cover and stand, commensurate with age and use. Upon removal, the rear of the plaques reveals what appears to be a Parisian address, possibly of the porcelain maker or artist.
Size: 32" Height by 22" Length by 14" Depth.
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