A rare French 19th century émail sur lave de Volvic circular table top circa 1835, executed by Hachette et Cie, probably designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorf

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Lot 98
A rare French 19th century émail sur lave de Volvic circular table top
circa 1835, executed by Hachette et Cie, probably designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorf

Sold for £ 37,500 (US$ 46,989) inc. premium
A rare French 19th century émail sur lave de Volvic circular table top
circa 1835, executed by Hachette et Cie, probably designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorf
the top decorated with Pompeian style grotesques, birds and medallions, stamped Hachette & comp rue Coquenard no 40/ A Paris, on a walnut tripod base terminating by paw feet and numbered 2913 under the carcass, 82cm in diameter, 72cm high (32in in diameter, 28in high).

Footnotes

  • The inscription rue Coquenard n° 40 under the top, following Hachette & Comp, corresponds to the address of the architect Hittorff.
    Pierre Hachette, founder of the company, lived and had his workshops at 124 rue du Faubourg Saint Martin.

    The top of the present guéridon, made of solidified volcanic lava, decorated in enamels with classical motifs in bright colours, is a good example of a technique developed in France during the first half of 19th century.
    It was first seen at the Paris Exposition Nationale of 1827 in two decorative panels exhibited by the chemist Ferdinand Mortelèque, now in the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres.

    Hachette, Mortelèque's son-inlaw, went on to set up his own company Hachette & Cie in 1833. The Comte de Chabrol who owned land in the Volvic region of France
    and wanted to exploit its laval deposits first employed Mortelèque and later introduced Hachette to the architect Hittorff.
    Hittorff's supplied highly-coloured designs with classical patterns as can be seen on the present lot.

    Another table top by Hittorff and Hachette & Cie, depicting a portrait of Louis Philippe, was exhibited at TEFAF 2014.

    Literature:
    - «Laves émaillées. Un décor oublié du XIXe siècle», Musée de la vie romantique, Paris, 1998.
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A rare French 19th century émail sur lave de Volvic circular table top circa 1835, executed by Hachette et Cie, probably designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorf
A rare French 19th century émail sur lave de Volvic circular table top circa 1835, executed by Hachette et Cie, probably designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorf
A rare French 19th century émail sur lave de Volvic circular table top circa 1835, executed by Hachette et Cie, probably designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorf
A rare French 19th century émail sur lave de Volvic circular table top circa 1835, executed by Hachette et Cie, probably designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorf
A rare French 19th century émail sur lave de Volvic circular table top circa 1835, executed by Hachette et Cie, probably designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorf
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