This auction is for an original circa 1840's Bisque porcelain figurine as described below from a recent appraisal by one of the Southeast's best-qualified antique and estate appraisers, Llewellyn M. (Kelly) Dykes. I encourage you to go to his website ( ) for his qualifications and resume'. I have also included a short manufacturer's history to help you better understand the background of this piece.The piece has a very low reserve (substantially under "fair mkt. value"). As noted in the description below, the base was professionally repaired many years ago. See pictures. The repairs are nearly invisible unless you look under the base. The appraisal reflects the value of the piece as repaired. Sale is final. Buyer pays shipping costs, insurance included. Payment accepted by PayPal, USPS money order or personal check (held for clearance). USA sale only. I will gladly answer any pre-bid questions or provide more pictures. This item is being sold as part of a fairly large estate-- more items will be listed soon. This is a great chance for any serious porcelain collector to own a really rare piece by a manufacturer (Henri Ardent) not often seen outside of museum collections. Thanks for lookingFair Mkt. Value Replacement Cost
"Hand-painted Old Paris bisque figurine depicting $575.00 $1,350.00
two fauns supporting a bowl, riding upon an oval
shaped base, 11 1/2" long by 6" wide by 9 1/4" tall; the
bowl displaying hand-painted barrel-stave design,
gilt accents and abundant hand-painted floral detail.
The base, once damaged, reveals a professional
period repair, The figurines are cast in two pieces,
front and back, with visible seam , signed with
maker's mark HA & Cie., Paris, circa 1840, overall
very good condition " Appraisal March 6, 2007 by: Estate Antiques and Appraisals Llewellyn M. Dykes, Master Appraiser; GPPA, CES 25 E. 52 nd St . Savannah , GA 31405 webpage: Manufacturer's History Henri Ardant & Cie was a different type of Limoges porcelain maker. The company specialized in decorative objects, versus dinnerware, and the company's focus was on sculpted works of art in bisque or biscuit. Ardant did not export to North America, so Limoges collectors residing in the United States and Canada have not seen these works of art unless they traveled to France and visited the French museums. With regards to the busts, Ardant commissioned primarily Paris sculptors to create the works of art, and typically the busts would be created in a series of up to 12 busts, with the series having a theme. As such, the busts are known as "porcelaine da art". Today, most of these works of art are found in museums, such as Le Musee Adrien Dubouche en Limoges , or the Adrien Dubouche Museum in Limoges . When Henri Ardant died in 1883, Raymond and Maurice Laporte took over the Henri Ardant company. It is Raymond Laporte who continued with the porcelaine da art in biscuit, and he commissioned well-known artists like Joseph Ct, Sylvain Kinsburger, Hippolyte Moreau and Hector Lemaire.