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By Schoelcher, Marc (French, 1766-1832)
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Each of the pair of vases by famous porcelain maker Marc Schoelcher (French, 1766-1832) are set on gilt, square plinths. The porcelain ovoid bodies of the vases take shape on an elliptical plan, and each depict marine landscapes signed 'P. Freund' with gilt rims and twin eagle form handles.The vases are signed to the undersides 'Schoelcher Boulevard Italien Paris' and 'Schoelcher A Paris'.
Born in Fesseneim in north-eastern France, Schoelcher relocated to Paris in 1789. Although the purpose of his relocation was to study, the French Revolution interrupted his academic pursuits. Instead, Schoelcher became apprentice to an established porcelain manufacturer in Paris.
Ten years later, Schoelcher had surpassed his teacher’s technical capabilities and assumed control of the Parisian porcelain factory himself. Schoelcher quickly established a reputation as a highly skilled porcelain maker in his own right. His works became highly prized by members of the European aristocracy, and Schoelcher is even known to have received commissions from the French royal family.
Schoelcher remained active until his death in 1832, exhibiting his fine porcelain in all the major international trade fairs throughout the early 19th Century.
Today, Marc Schoelcher is remembered as one of the finest Parisian porcelain makers of his generation. Schoelcher’s works remain highly sought after and a number are held by prestigious museums across the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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