Small Antique French Tahan Blue Enamel Vide Poche Dish, Circa 1870
Beautifully Decorated with Raised Turquoise, Red and Pearl Jewelled Enamelling.
The Central Panel Depicting a Courting Couple Surrounded by Pearl Jewels.
Vide Poche were Small Bowls to Put One's Necklaces or Valuables in so as to Keep things Tidy.
Alphonse Tahan (1830-1880)
was the official ébéniste de l'Empereur or master cabinet maker to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, the Empress Eugénie. Known for her beauty and impeccable taste, the Empress Eugene enjoyed the reputation as a trend setter and favoured the workshop Tahan.
Tahan Fabricant was located at 30 Rue de La Paix from 1849 and subsequently from 1878 at Boulevard des Italiens.
The firm exhibited at The London Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851 and the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, and on both occasions were awarded medals. His work exhibits such quality and is in high demand by collectors and enthusiasts alike. Not only did he produce furniture, but also small articles, such beautiful wooden boxes and fine bronze jewellery caskets.
His son, Jean-Pierre-Alexandre Tahan continued the legacy of his father, and his business in Paris was celebrated for its imaginative, exhibition-quality work.