18th Century Bisque Porcelain Figure of a Young Hunter

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18th Century Bisque Porcelain Figure of a Young Hunter

French Paris (Locre Factory) Hard-Paste Porcelain Figure of a Young Hunter, Late 18th Century. He stands alert before a tree, holding a pigeon in his hands,  with tree branches above his stylish hat. A fine Cane Corso-type hunting dog is seated to the left of his feet. Modelled on circular rocky base decorated with sparse grasses.

Incised marks with crossed arrows, and AV, for Locre. 

11 1/2" H. 

Circa 1775.

The factory at Rue Fontaine-au-Roy, La Cortille, Paris went through several iterations of ownership. These include the 14 years of its founder, Jean-Baptiste Locre de Roissy, 1773-1787. Locre himself had spent many years in Germany, where he learned the art of making and modelling porcelain in the German style. He married a woman from Leipzig, then returned with his family to set up a porcelain shop in Paris.

Later, Martin de Bussy joined as partner in 1777, as did Laurent Russinger, a former modeller at the Hoechst factory. In the early years of the 19th Century, under the Napoleonic Reign, Pouyat ran the factory.

In its many years of operations, Locre often made products considered as fine as Sevres, despite the many advantages of contacts, materials and publicity that Sevres enjoyed.

The figure is exceedingly rare. Another Locre figure of a hunter with a rifle, is illustrated in Renee de Plinval de Guillebon, number 190, page 260. Our example is a far more refined product. 

Condition: Very good condition, with the following caveats: A few tiny chips to leaves. Possible loss to tree

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