Sculptures in biscuit, decorative objects in biscuit of porcelain
The history of biscuit porcelain dates back to the mid-eighteenth century when the first attempts were made by the manufacture of Sevres in order to distinguish itself from the polychrome productions of the manufacture of Meissen. This white paste without glaze, with a matt and delicate appearance, will be used in the nineteenth century by European factories including those of Saxony, Royal Dux, Samson or Sevres, which remains the best known.
The Atena Gallery has porcelain cookie statues that bear witness to the history of biscuit : mythological figurines and statuettes, bowls, shaped pieces, candlesticks decorated with putti or decorative vases. The figurative sculptures represent young girls, vestals or Psyche after Falconet, luminaries after models from Sèvres, busts after Houdon in Limoges, allegorical nudes, Royal Dux cups in biscuit polychrome.
Groups complete the collection: gallant couples of the Louis XV period, mythological groups after models of Boizot for the manufacture of Sevres, neoclassical centerpieces in biscuit of Meissen porcelain.