ESCALIER DE CRISTAL, LAHOCHE-PANNIER
Part of a table service in polychrome enameled porcelain with multi-lobed edges, basin ornated with a handful of flowers, inner rim with a floral garland against a celadon ground, outer rim lined with gilt fillets. Comprising thirty plates, four dessert plates, two stemmed bowls and one sauce boat. Each piece is ornated with a different floral decoration.
Plate diameter : 22,2 cm (8.7 in.)
Escalier de Cristal, is a publishing house of small decorative objects created in 1804 by the widow, Madame Barthélémy Desarnaud at n° 162 and 163, Valois Gallery. Around 1830, the company was ceded to a certain Boin, a tailor at the Valois Gallery. In 1840 Pierre-Isidore Lahoche acquires the Escalier de Cristal and becomes associates with his son-in-law, Emile-Augustin Pannier, to form the company, Lahoche and Pannier in 1852. The latter becomes Pannier, Lahoche and Company in 1867, when Pierre-Isidore Lahoche retires from business, leaving his son-in-law alone with the direction of the business. In 1885, the company is managed by Emile Pannier’s sons, Georges and Henri : the Company Pannier Frères is so created. The end of the 1880s, shows the arrival of the création of real estate and gives birth to several luxury models of a quality rarely equalled. The greatest speciality of l’Escalier de Cristal will be furniture inspired from the Far-East, even if the Pannier brothers knew also how to produce classic furniture. Worthy inheritors of the traders-haberdashers of the 18th century, the Escalier de Cristal company counts numerous collaborators inside as outside. Bronze-casters, cabinet makers, lacquerers and painters, as well as many others, who are in charge of creating countless décorative object that decorate stores. Aswell as these luxurious créations, Georges and Henri Pannier produce small common furniture, of a high and refined quality.
Condition report : One chip on the base of a plate