Jacob Mordecai, who later became known as Jacob Petit, was born in Paris in 1796 and after studying art, was employed by the porcelain factory at Sèvres as a painter in 1822. With his brother Mardochée he bought a porcelain factory in Fontainebleau in 1830, which he named using his own first name and his wife's last name of Petit, creating the name by which he became known. He later opened a workshop in Paris. By 1839 Jacob Petit employed about 200 craftsmen and was enjoying great success. He manufactured decorative ornamental items such as statuettes, inkwells, vases, perfume bottles and clocks, and for decoration he favoured light colours such as pale pink, light green and mauve, together with black and gold for contrast. Much of his output were copies of pieces by well known makers such as Sevres and Meissen. Many items were unmarked; those that were marked had the initials "JP" painted to the base in cobalt blue. He died in Paris in 1868.
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A French painted porcelain figural mantel clock in the manner of Jacob Petit, mid-19th century, the movement marked 'Laine á Paris', bell striking, the white-enamelled Roman numeral dial with beaded ormolu bezel within a case modelled with foliate decorati
A Jacob Petit porcelain cased clock 19th century, the circular enamelled clock face with Roman numerals housed within a figurative porcelain surround, featuring a lounging woman dressed in Turkish styled costume all raised on a pierced and scalloped platfo
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