A very rare early soft paste page turner for rare large books made by Sevres in about 1760. I could actually not find another one.
The handle is made of softpaste porcelain painted with their famous bleu celeste ground color some nice honey gilding and the best part it has a scene of a putto with a bagpipe on the front of the handle. A very nice and detailed scene. The blade is looks to be gilded bronze with the handle going through the porcelain and you can see the attachment point on the other end. The piece looks great but has suffered a bit. The porcelain is fine but the gilding is worn as is the glaze on the bottom side - which one would expect on a piece like this.
The celeste blue is spotty in places from the making which is not unusual for the early pieces. Sadly the highly engraved blade has broken at some point but was mended well some time ago. It needs to be straightened a bit and regilded if you like that - I don't mind it as it shows it's age a bit and was a piece meant to be used. The metal part is a tiny bit loose as well.
Unmarked since there really isn't a spot to mark it. A very rare and fun piece of porcelain! The entire piece is 14 inches long with the porcelain part showing being 5.25 inches long, 1.75 inches wide and 0.75 inches thick.If you like my goodies have a look at my other auctions for a lot more top maker pieces like KPM, Chantilly and so on. Photos are part of the description - if you need others just let me know exactly what you are looking for and I'll take care of it speedily!
Please do not send me questions on items other than my own! This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Desktop Items\Letter Openers". The seller is "kpmisbetter" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.