~ Circa 1780 Honoré Savey Faience Miniature Armchair ~
A fine example with exquisite details and gilt finish. It has finely hand painted scenes of lovers in formal garden settings and is richly decorated with floral bouquets and swags.
~ Honoré Savey ~
Honoré Savy (1725-1790) was the founder of a factory that manufactured faience wares in Marseille, France between 1749 and 1790. He is associated with the Veuve Perrin and Leroy factories.
Around 1749 a new period of faience manufacture began in which the first factory was established by Honore Savy in which polychrome decoration succeeded the earlier style using blue with some violet. A letter of 27 September 1765 to M. Bertin described Savy as a master of fayance fabrication for fifteen years. In 1765 Honoré Savy applied for permission to start making porcelain. The minister, Bertin, was discouraging. That year he became a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture of Marseilles.
In July 1777 Savy was visited by Monsieur, the king’s brother, later Louis XVIII of France. Monsieur inspected a large display of all types of faience in the workshop’s gallery, but there is no mention of porcelain. Monsieur placed the factory under his protection, and gave permission for it to use his arms, and to display a statue of the prince in the gallery. A Marseille business directory for 1779–80 listed Savy as making both enamelled faience and porcelain. Childless, Savy continued his work until his death on 24 September 1790.
~ Condition ~
The piece is in excellent condition. There is a natural firing flaw under the glaze to the underside and the back support.
~ Dimensions ~
The chair is 23 cm (9 inches) tall, 18 cm (7 inches) wide and 15 (6 inches) deep.