A porcelain-maker based in Paris and then Avon near Fontainebleau, Jacob-Petit is famous for his decorative objects, bottles, nightlights, inkwells and clocks, whose baroque exuberance was inspired by 18th-century French and German styles.

The figure of the Mameluke horseman was inspired by a work by Debucourt, The Retreating Mameluke, engraved in 1803 after a watercolour by Carle Vernet. The profusion of gold that emphasises the rocaille contours of the ornamentation, the exuberance of the ornamentation and the shimmering, harmonious colours express the verve and inventiveness of the most famous French porcelain-maker of 1830-1860.

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City of Paris municipal collection's website

City of Paris municipal collection's website

The collections portal can be used to search the collections of Paris’s 14 municipal museums (approximately 336,000 works, including 43,000 belonging to the Petit Palais).

It is also possible to download around 12,000 images of the museum’s works free of charge.

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Discover a selection of databases online presenting works from the Petit Palais or documents concerning the history of the museum.