Marked A / iH / 12 in blue for Jacobus Adriaansz. Halder, the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1764 to 1768
This embracing couple group is marked for Jacobus Adriaansz. Halder, who was the owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory from 1764 to 1768. His style was characterized by the popular rococo designs of the era, as is shown in this embracing couple group.The exorbitantly decorative rococo style of architecture and interiors swept through Europe in the eighteenth century. The style began in France during the reign of Louis XV, and quickly spread to other parts of Europe, particularly Bavaria, Austria, Germany and Russia. The style was a reaction against the more formal and geometric style of Louis XIV. Although it is not considered a Dutch phenomenon, the rococo style was integrated into architecture and interiors in the Netherlands in the second half of the century. With its playful and witty themes, rococo rooms were designed as a total work of art with elegant and ornate furniture, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings. The rococo interior was adorned with numerous ceramic objects, which were displayed on console tables, in showcases or on pedestals. These ceramic objects may have included Delft faience, or porcelain made in Sèvres or Meissen, centers that produced many small scale works in series.
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