Miniature of a Still Life

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Philippe Parpette, a pupil and then painter at the Chantilly porcelain manufactory, moved in 1755 to Vincennes and stayed there for two years. In 1773 he returned to the manufactory, relocated at Sèvres, where he became one of its principal flower painters. Thereafter he was paid for piecework, except for the period 1780 to 1786, when he was on the payroll. Parpette was also a gilder and he pioneered the use of 'jewelled' decoration on porcelain. The invention of this technique, whereby the glazed porcelain was decorated with applied gold foil picked out with raised enamel and then re-fired, was also claimed by the enameller Joseph Coteau. Certainly in the early 1780s both were specialising in this form of decoration at Sèvres. Parpette's work as an enameller, apparently undocumented, may only be assessed by a few surviving signed examples.

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Miniature of a Still Life


copper, painted enamel & gilt-metal frame

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The Khalili Collections

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