painted by Frédéric Faber, each decorated with a dense floral guirlande naturalistically renered with shadows against the white ground under a tooled gilt rim with a band of acorn and fingle flowers. the handles modelled as lions heads in biscuit porcelain and gold, the cover with a repetition of the vertical lines around the base of the vase, finishing at the biscuit porcelain finial modelled as a stylised scrolling acanthus leaf capital
Fréderic Faber (1782-1844) opened a workshop at the Rue de la Madeleine in the centre of Brussels, where he sold not only porcelain but also oil paintings and miniatures on ivory. His porcelain was initially imported from Paris and from the factory of Gabriel-Ferdinand Mortelèque and later, through his connection with Christophe Windisch who worked at the 'La Courtille' factory, he was able to produce white porcelain of his own. Windisch became his main partner, and together they produced some of the best porcelain produced in the Netherlands, winning a golden medal and honourable mention at the 1820 Exposition Industrielle at Gent. In that same year, King William I (Willem Frederik van Oranje-Nassau), wishing to minimise the import of foreign porcelain, takes over the finances of the porcelain company and starts with the order of a large service of topographical views of the Dutch Republic. In 1829 the King commissioned the Service du Palais Royal aux Oiseaux au Naturel, of which twelve plates were sold at Sotheby's in Amsterdam on 7th April 2004, lot 152, now in the Royal Collection at Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn. For a further discussion of Frédéric Faber see J.Lemaire, Faience et Porcelaine de Bruxelles, pp.131-142.
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