This salt cellar has been carefully restored by Marcel Gibrat himself. Porcelain restoration was a specialty of his. The left-hand bowl and cherub have both been reconstructed from fragments with minimal losses but some cracks do show. Item Size: The cherub stands approx 5 inches high and the bowls are approx 2 inches high. The entire piece is approx 5.5 inches wide and 3 inches deep.
Marcel Gibrat (Pictured working on a Greek Kylyx in the 1970s), my grandfather, was a Restorer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and later owned a Madison Avenue Restoration Studio and Art Gallery one block from the Guggenheim Museum. From the 1960s to 1990s.Marcel was undoubtedly a genius and was, as far as I know, the only Restorer for the Met without a PhD. In fact he had a sixth grade education. He was also a talented painter. Im Max Lewin the curator of what remains of Marcels extensive art collection, comprising ancient, tribal, Asian and European art. I worked with Marcel summers and in college.
Marcel was an unquestioned expert in antiquities and all items in the collection from the ancient world are guaranteed to be authentic. Marcel also had a particular affinity for African tribal art, and while dating such items is problematic, he absolutely had impeccable taste.
Some of his opinions on provenance of tribal items have been challenged. There are also Asian items of various quality, and many fine and genuine items from primitive cultures including relatively contemporary (a few hundred years old) and both neolithic and upper paleolithic items. Many of the items have archaeological markings.
The item "ANTIQUE HELENA WOLFSOHN DRESDEN ROCOCO FIGURAL PORCELAIN KPM BUT MEISSEN AR NEAT" is in sale since Sunday, February 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Figurines".collection" and is located in Asheville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.