Antique : A rare 19th century porcelain Pap Warmer ( Veilleuse ) - Paris - see Drake Collection
A rare 19th century hand painted porcelain Pap Warmer (Veilleuse). This four piece Veilleuse attributed to Paris ( see Nurturing Yesterdays Child a portrayal of the Drake Collection by Mary Spaulding and Penny welch, page 100 for a similar version ), they have been attributed it to Paris Porcelain
Good Condition - Wear to the gilding as expected and an invisible restoration, nothing terrible or major (the piece had been restored before we acquired it and is of very good quality it is very difficult to see - at best there is one chip restored but maybe a little more) -
(Collectors will already know that these turn up as part individual pieces only usually and this is quite rare to find everything but the burner)
Circa : 19th century
Dimensions: 9.5 inches (24cm) height approx
A version of the above mentioned book can be found at:
Also worth reading the Trenton Museum Collection of Dr Freed Nightlights
The V&A Collection London - mainly 18th century examples
This unusual device derives its name from the French for a night vigil. It was used to keep a drink or portion of semi-liquid food warm at night-time, initially only at the bedside of infants or invalids, but from about 1800 for more general use. In the days before electric timers, it was the nearest thing to a combined 'teasmade' and nightlight.
It consists of a hollow pedestal with pierced vents surmounted by either a covered food bowl or a small teapot. The heat source is oil burned by means of a floating wick, located in a tiny bowl in the bottom of the pedestal. Veilleuses were made in tin-glazed earthenware, creamware, stoneware, porcelain and bone china. They were chiefly made between 1750 and about 1860.
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