Pair of French & Chinese ormolu mounted porcelain tazze


Combining Chinese porcelain with French gilt-bronze, these decorative tazze showcase a beautiful combination of crafts from opposite sides of the globe.


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These wonderful decorative pieces are a combination of global crafts: Chinese canton famille verte export porcelain, mounted in radiant French ormolu, or gilt-bronze, stands.

Small in scale, but all the greater for it in terms of detail and intricacy, they consist of a mix of Chinese porcelain and French metalwork. This combination is a widespread and important historical phenomenon, whereby Chinese export wares, particularly porcelain were mounted with European metalwork, allowing Chinese pieces to be used for a greater variety of purposes, as well as being a way for European makers to demonstrate their appreciation for these fine crafts.

The Chinese canton porcelain pieces, in famille-verte style, are centred on floral motifs, surrounded by four figures, between which are painted elaborate floral bouquets. An intricate frieze encircles this, featuring vases, flowers, musical instruments, and butterflies.

The gilding is crisp, bright, and impeccably cast, consisting of twisted vines, twin-handles, and a fluted stem, that elevates the porcelain tazze and make them unmissable decorative pieces, and beautiful additions to an interior looking for exemplary works of antique global crafts.


Country of Origin
Chinese, French
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Chinese Interest, Chinoiserie
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Porcelain
Gold, Multi-coloured


18 cm / 7.1 inches
31 cm / 12.2 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches


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