My latest videos illustrate the autumn sale of European ceramics 2021 500 years of European Ceramics watch each video as I take you on a picturesque journey of the fine selection of porcelain captivated by bite size videos for you to watch and learn. In this video you see a pair of ormolu wall sconces supporting a pair of Meissen Italian Comedy figures of Harlequin and Columbine circa 1750.
It became common practice during the 18th century that porcelain articles (figures, groups and other objects) be seen as either table decoration or sitting on plinths on the wall or as is seen here standing in ormolu arbours mounted on twin candelabra. The porcelain flowers attached to the ormolu are likely to have been made in France as it is very rare to see Meissen porcelain flowers on ormolu. Of course there are exceptions but such items are extremely rare. Much ormolu that is seen supporting figures and groups is most often later made; 18th century porcelain; 19th century ormolu.
Contemporary ormolu to the porcelain groups on the other hand are rarer still.