Petits Bon-Hommes Porcelaine Orphans

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelman, 1939

I own a vintage copy of Madeline’s Rescue and remember my mother reading me all of the Madeline stories.  I loved the rhyming cadence and subsequently read the stories to my daughter Alisha who is now reading them to her daughter, Molly.

Madeline Cover, by Ludwig Bemelman, 1939

Madeline Cover, by Ludwig Bemelman, 1939

Agathe -Petits Bon-Hommes en Porcelain

Agathe -Petits Bon-Hommes en Porcelain










These charming, one of a kind porcelain pendants and earrings are hand crafted and painted by Marie-Christine Chartier of Loudon, France. I discovered her work (and the work of her husband, Patrice) over 30 years ago at a small left bank gallery in Paris. After some sleuthing, I connected with Marie and in 1998 I began selling their porcelain pendants in my Santa Cruz Gallery and at a few California Art and Wine Festivals.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it seems appropriate to find loving homes for these orphaned, porcelain children.

Les Petites Bon-Hommes en Porcelain

Les Petites Bon-Hommes en Porcelaine

Olive -Petits Bon-Hommes en Porcelain

Olive -Petits Bon-Hommes en Porcelain

Jerome - Petits Bon-Hommes en Porcelaine

Jerome – Petits Bon-Hommes en Porcelaine










Marie and Patrice worked together to create these remarkable one of a kind figurines. I imagine their creation process as a duet; Patrice sculpting and Marie painitng the minute detail onto the miniature porcelain forms. Unfortunately, Patrice passed away in 2003 and Marie ceased making their porcelain jewelry.

Patrice Marie and Family 2000

Patrice, Marie and Family 2000

It is now 2014, ten years later and Marie is remarried her children grown and she is again creating these remarkable miniature porcelain pendants and earrings.

Laurent Marie and Family 2012

Laurent, Marie and Family 2012

It is with great pleasure that we present to you her miniature works of art; Les Petits Bon-Hommes en Porcelaine.

Petits Bon-Hommes Porcelain Postcard - Photo by George Post

Petits Bon-Hommes Porcelain Postcard – Photo by George Post

Enjoy!  Marie-Christine and Marty


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