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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca 1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gillet et Brianchon (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with iridescene glaze and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 28, shelf 3

Jules-Joseph-Henri Brianchon (d. 1880) worked in partnership with his brother-in-law, a M. Gillet, from several Paris addresses between 1855 and 1880. In 1857 he patented couleurs nacrées ('pearly colours') based on bismuth-gold, uranium and palladium salts. This lustrous glaze became the firm's speciality, applied to many wares in a variety of style. Indeed, a critic at the international exhibition, London, 1862 felt their use of the technique was neither discriminating nor novel. However, the jury's Report thought the wares of 'extreme brilliancy and the delicacy of the tints'..would counter any 'objection that might arise on the charge of meretricious glitter'.

Physical description

Vase of porcelain. Ovoid (egg-shaped) with pale pink lustred glaze and gilt rim

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


ca 1860 (made)


Gillet et Brianchon (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with iridescene glaze and gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'GB Breveté Paris' printed


Height: 6.5 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain with pink iridescene glaze and gilt, Gillet et Brianchon, Paris, ca 1860

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See 7739-1862




Glazed; Gilt


Ceramics; Porcelain; Vases


Ceramics Collection

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