Super pair of French Sevres ceramic cabinet vases by Paul Milet, son of Felix Optat Milet. Featuring a beautiful mottled cobalt blue ground. Mounted with a gilt bronze rim and stepped pedestal base, embellished with a band of neoclassical foliage around the shoulder. Measures 3 7/8" height x 1 3/8" at its widest.
The pair are housed in the original fitted presentation box. The box measures 4 3/4" x 4 5/8" x 2 1/8 height. In overall good condition with general wear to the box. The Milets were a true dynasty of potters.The uncle of Paul, Nicolas Ambroise Milet, left his village in Normandy, well-known for its ceramics production since the medieval times, to join the Sèvres Factory in 1852. Highly gifted, he was then made director of the furnaces at Sevres. He called to Sèvres his youngest brother, Felix-Optat Milet. Optat began his career as a modeler for Sevres in 1862. Despite the fact he was employed by the Sèvres factory, Optat opened his own workshop in 1866 at 6 rue Troyon, near Manufacture Nationale in Sèvres, where he employed up to fifty workers.
Milet participated in many exhibitions, where his workshop won recognition and numerous awards including a silver medal in 1884; gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889. His research on colors was celebrated and he worked with other Art Nouveau ceramic artists including Clément Massier (Vallauris), Charles Field (Haviland).
Because his aesthetic preferences kept pace with the fashions of the era, his early works favoured the floral and whiplash ornamentation associated with the Art Nouveau movement. By comparison, his later work is serene yet streamlined, with simple forms flambe glazed in high-contrast bold jazz-age colors indicative of the Art Deco era. Welcome to the Antique Boutique. Our aim is to provide you with a wide selection of quality antiques and collectibles. We describe everything to the best of our ability and the pictures form part of the description.We try to gather as much information about the item before listing, in an effort to offer you with an accurate and honest description. Large, clear and detailed pictures of the item help in this endeavor.
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