Beautiful Antique 19th C Umbrella Parasol Gilt Porcelain Handle Sevres Dresden
C Umbrella Parasol Gilt and Porcelain Handle Sevres Dresden. C, Umbrella or Parasol, with Gilt and Porcelain Handle, the handle hand painted to each side, and to the knob, with adorable cartouches of romantic couples, the deep cobalt blue background beautifully decorated with raised gold gilding in scrolling designs in the manner of Sevres, this lovely handle would have been produced in the late 19.
There are two empty gold cartouches for initials, one, larger, below the knob, one, smaller, just at the handles termination. This umbrella opens and closes easily and rolls into an elegant furl, making a good walking stick when not in use as a shade.
This gorgeous umbrella or parasol feels light and is wonderfully balanced in use, you catch it up very lightly and feel completely elegant while it is in your use. A super piece for a special occasion or your collection. Height 34 ¾ inches (88 cm). The frame is in excellent condition for age, the metal ribs are U shaped, and beautifully sewn to the softly shining fabric, which is also in excellent condition. There are some little cracks to the porcelain, one horizontal, one T shaped, and one little chip.
The metal end tip is worn. Please refer to the photographs as they form an important part of the description.
There exists documentary evidence that parasols were used as part of secular wear in Italy during the 17th century. By the late 18th century, the accessory was becoming increasingly modish and frequently figured in the fashion plates that had begun to make their appearance in France. Subsequently, the parasol vogue spread through the Western world. Parasols were available in America by the early 19th century - possibly earlier - and we know that especially the Montrealers followed European fashions closely through imported fashion journals and magazines. During the 19th century, parasols were an important element in achieving the fashionable "look" of the time.
For a woman of the upper classes, a pale complexion that required little or no make-up was important, for it reinforced the 19th-century ideal of inactivity and dependence upon a husband; it also distinguished her from the sunburnt masses who laboured out-of-doors. Parasols were flattering items that lent themselves perfectly to the caprices of fashion. Parasol styles were forever changing, often influenced by fashionable dress silhouettes, materials, embellishments and colours, or by other fashion accessories, such as the purse. Their undoubted charm explains why they feature so frequently in paintings of the period.
During the late 18th century and throughout the 19th, an amazing number of patents were registered in England and France for both parasols and umbrellas. The development in England of a stronger rib was the object of several such patents.
Early parasol ribs were made of cane or whalebone, with brass not appearing until the 1830's. Steel came into use in 1840 with the invention by Henry Holland of tubular ribs of tempered steel.
Further refinement of the parasol rib continued during the following decades. The introduction of the sewing machine in the 1860's - an event of vital importance - led to industrialisation and the mass production of many fashion items, including parasols.
As a consequence, the price of parasols fell and this stylish accessory became increasingly availa. The item "Beautiful Antique 19th C Umbrella Parasol Gilt Porcelain Handle Sevres Dresden" is in sale since Wednesday, November 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Clothes, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage Clothing & Accessories\Vintage Accessories\Umbrellas & Parasols". The seller is "christinejaynestiles" and is located in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Occasion: Special Occasion
- Decade: 1890s
- Main Colour: Black
- Look: Victorian/Edwardian