Circa 1820

Splendid pair of egg shaped vases on pedestals commonly known as the model of the "Royal Palace of Brussels". Garlands of colourful flowers on matte blue backgrounds. Gold highlights finely engraved with garlands of geometric patterns. Handles in volute with Janus heads left in white porcelain. Black marble bases. A rarity on the art market.

Size: H 35,5cm - base 12cm x 12cm

Faber in Brussels, circa 1820.

In 1820, Faber made and delivered, for the King of the Netherlands, William I, a series of vases with flowers to adorn the ceremonial rooms of the Royal Palace of Brussels. Some pairs are still part of the royal collection today, including a pair similar to this one (with different handles).

Lit: Frédéric Faber and Charles Christophe Windish associated their know-hows and created the Manufactory of XL I in 1824. Windish was a fantastic porcelain designer and maker. Faber was a genius painter on porcelain. Their collaboration will enable Brussels to compete with the best manufacturers in Europe by selling very high quality porcelain. In 1825, Faber becomes the official royal manufactory for King Willem 1st of the Netherlands. In 1829, he gets the order of what will be the most significant work of his career: A  plates service of more than 650 pieces, decorated with birds "au naturel" after Buffon. 1830, Belgium gets its independence, Windisch and Faber will split roads. Faber's porcelain own by the Palace will become property of the 1st King of Belgium, Leopold the 1st. Around 1835, Faber's sons, Henri and Edouard, will take over the manufacture and work in the spirit of their father until 1849, year in which J.B. Cappellemans, owner of the Halle manufactory, will buy them over.