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LOUIS XV STYLE TWELVE-LIGHT CHANDELIER WITH PORCELAIN FLOWERS
late 19th century, Meissen porcelain flowers - possible late 18th century A chandelier with metal structure shaped like stems and foliage decorated with porcelain flowers from the Manufactory of Meissen, or Manufactory of Vincennes, or in the style of. Height: 100 cm Porcelain flowers were a specialty of the famous Royal Porcelain Meissen Manufactory, opened in 1709 by Frederick Böttger. This invention and the technical mastery of Saxon porcelain reached France through numerous diplomatic gifts. The Manufacture de Vincennes (French porcelain factory created in 1740 in the castle of Vincennes, then transferred in 1756 to Sèvres to constitute the Manufacture de Sèvres), supported by King Louis XV, achieved a technical mastery of the production of porcelain flowers, sometimes judged superior to that of Meissen. Porcelain flowers were used in the 18th century to be mounted on metal or bronze structures to make chandeliers, wall lights, pendant lights, or more complex compositions. This style was very appreciated by King Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour.