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Pair of Decorative Groups
Porcelain maker Unknown maker, Chinese
Bronzier Unknown maker, French
Flowers made at the Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory (French, active about 1725 - about 1792)
Chinese and French
figures 1662 - 1722; spheres 1736-1795; flowers about 1740
Hard- and soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration; gilt-bronze mounts
French craftsmen combined diverse pieces of Chinese
The original French owner of the groups would have appreciated the exotic decorations but would probably not have recognized their original Chinese function or significance.
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