The following treasure is from the living estate of Ailene & Buddy Ford; noted dealers and lifelong collectors of exceptional antique & vintage heirlooms. The AEAA is exceptionally pleased to present this lot representing an ornate & gorgeous, 1920s hand painted late 18th century, French regal lady on porcelain. The artistry of this boudoir display is exceptional, and the deifinition of the Ormolu is spectacular, including the great bow crown, and the 2 separate border roundels in the form of Chinese Ruyi lappets, and leaves. The supports are Duncan Pfyfe style legs. Our portrait measures 3 x 3.5 inches tall, weighing 5 oz. This classic French display is quality in every way! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. The original soft paste porcelain was first used at the Vincennes facility ca. 1740, and production continued after the move to Sevres in 1756. The soft paste formula was completely replaced by the painting amenable hard paste porcelain by 1779. In 1770, the transition from soft paste to hard paste, Kaolin rich porcelain, began, giving a much friendlier and less absorptive enamel surface, especially for miniatures. This significant change was overseen by the talented facility director, Louis-Simon Boizot (1774-1800). Due to the new porcelain available, King Louis XV commissioned a number of portraits to be executed on small, square, round and oval forms. These subjects were meant for mementos & gifts to friends & dignitaries, and generally represented alluring, modest, regal, and just down right risque (nude) females, suitable for a ladies boudoir, as wall plaques or as stands, and even prominent brooches. Obviously portraits of specific ladies were ALWAYS FLATTERING! Ornate Ormolu (bronze dore) frames were the order of the day, and soon, noteworthy gentleman were acquiring porcelain portraits of wifes, daughters, nieces, and of course girlfriends. This art form saw glory days through the Napoleonic era ca. 1820, but then was minimized for about half a century. The great classical revival in Europe, once again saw these portraits become very popular from the 1870s, up until the 1920s, and German, Austrian, English and other countries potters, joined the French in contributing to these fine and beautifully decorated antique visions we see today.