circa 1785

Extremely rare biscuit group representing the mythological scene of Paris and the Trojan shepherd. Oval shaped base. An elderly man seated on a rock, wearing the Phrygian cap, listens to the young Paris playing the flute. Marked on the side " Mre de Mgr le Duc D'Angoulême à Paris ". Most likely a creation of the sculptor Lemire. fantastic condition. This group knows a counterpart, "Homer".

Presented in the book of Regine de Plinval de Guillebon, " les biscuits de porcelaine de Paris 18e et 19e siècle ", edition Faton, P246.

Size: H 44cm x W 36cm x D 24cm

Circa 1785.

Liter: In 1781, Christophe Dihl and Mr and Ms Antoine Guérhard create, under the patronage of the Duke of Angoulême, only 6 years old, a hard paste porcelain factory in the street of Bondi in Paris. Dihl brought his creative genius of sculptor and a large quantity of molds, the Guérhard brought the funds. In 1785, there were already 12 sculptors and 30 painters, and especially a lot of orders. In 1787, a judgement emancipated the manufactory which, from memory, equalled the manufacture of Sèvres so no one would want to see it disappear! Ms Guérhard even sent, out of diplomacy, a worker at Sèvres to modify the new oven! In 1789, the factory moved to rue du Temple. That year, Governor Morris, representing the United States in Paris, bought porcelain for George Washington. In 1793, the factory had 500 workers. Mr Guérhard dies. In 1797, Mrs. Guérhard and Mr. Dihl get married. Raw material of quality, state of the art oven; colours, shapes, sculptures (Lemire) and paintings (Le Guay) of perfect beauty, the manufacture is a reference. The mark " Mre de Mgr/ le duc d’Angouleme/ à Paris  " will be used until the French Revolution. Then the names of Dihl and / or Guérhard will be used. The Imperial era will mark the peak of success. However, the manufacture will go from the triumph of the 1806 exhibition to a decline in activity from 1810. The Empress Josephine will order in 1811-1813 a prestigious service. The company dissolves in 1828 and Dihl dies in 1830