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Hair Ye, Hair Ye!

On 03 November 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

When wigs came into fashion under Louis XIII, it was for an obvious reason: to hide the royal baldness!

Hair Ye, Hair Ye!

€8,216
Marseille, Saint-Jean-du-Désert
, late 17th century. Pair of faïence wig stands decorated with blue and manganese birds and flowers, h. 31 cm/ 12.20 in.
Marseille, December 4, 2020. Maison R&C, Commissaires-Priseurs Associés OVV

It was Louis XIII who made wig-wearing stylish in France: in the 1630s the king, whose entourage copied him by wearing their hair long, went prematurely bald. He started wearing wigs and, since appearances were everything, his courtesans followed suit to remain in his good graces. The fashion did not go out of style until the French Revolution, when many an aristocrat ended up losing his bewigged head. Ancient Egyptians and Romans had already worn wigs for baldness until the Church condemned the practice, leading to a nearly 1,000-year hiatus. In the evenings, in the privacy of one's chambers, wigs required proper support thus the wig stand, a new product, was born. The most famous faïence manufacturers started making them, putting their characteristic decorations on its rounded sides.
 

€5,376Nevers, c. 1680. Pair of faïence wig stands decorated with monochrome blue Chinese figures in landscapes, h. 15 cm/5.90 in. Paris, D
€5,376
Nevers, c. 1680
. Pair of faïence wig stands decorated with monochrome blue Chinese figures in landscapes, h. 15 cm/5.90 in. Paris, Drouot, December 19, 2018. Ader OVV
€3,780Nevers, c. 1680. Pair of blue and manganese faïence wig stands decorated with Chinese figures in lake landscapes, h. 18 and 19 cm/7.

€3,780
Nevers, c. 1680
. Pair of blue and manganese faïence wig stands decorated with Chinese figures in lake landscapes, h. 18 and 19 cm/7.08 and 7.48 in.
Paris, Drouot, November 25, 2019. Pescheteau-Badin OVV. M. Froissart


A popular objet d’art, the wig stand gained its letters of nobility with faïence, but without getting a swollen head.

 
€2,540Marseille, Saint-Jean-du-Désert, 17th century. Faïence wig stand decorated with a blue monochrome man in a landscape, h. 15.5 cm/6.1

€2,540
Marseille, Saint-Jean-du-Désert
, 17th century. Faïence wig stand decorated with a blue monochrome man in a landscape, h. 15.5 cm/6.10 in.
Paris, Drouot, June 3, 2021. Pescheteau Badin OVV. M. Froissart

€1,030Nevers, second half of the 17th century. Faïence wig stand with a blue and manganese decor of a Chinese man in a landscape, h. 10.5

€1,030
Nevers, second half of the 17th century
. Faïence wig stand with a blue and manganese decor of a Chinese man in a landscape, h. 10.5 cm/4.13 in.
Paris, Drouot, October 9, 2020. Thierry de Maigret OVV. M. de La Verrie

€1,674Nevers, second half of the 17th century. Faïence wig stand decorated with blue and manganese landscapes and a Chinese symbol, h. 12.

€1,674
Nevers, second half of the 17th century
. Faïence wig stand decorated with blue and manganese landscapes and a Chinese symbol, h. 12.5 cm/4.92 in.
Paris, Drouot, October 9, 2020. Thierry de Maigret OVV. M. de La Verrie

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