French Pottery & Porcelain

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  • Pair Paris Porcelain Hand Painted Mantle Urns


    This pair of French Paris Porcelain mantle urns is decorated with hand painted flowers.
    Crafting these urns circa 1840, the artist used enamels and gilt on white porcelain.
    We see pink roses and other flowers painted in purple, orange and blue, and small green leaves.
    Green cartouches embellished with luxurious gilt add to the beauty of the urns.
    The square bases and wide, everted top edge are also beautifully gilded.
    The gilded handles have mask head terminals.
    This pair is a small gem! They possess a balanced and proportionate form.

    Dimensions: Height 9″ x 6.5″ diameter at widest point x 4″ across the base

    Condition: Excellent with the very slightest rubbing to the gilt on the high points of the base.

  • French Golden Paris Porcelain Pierced Basket 19th Century Circa 1840


    This elegant Paris Porcelain pierced basket is oval shaped, with lavishly gilded latticework.
    The Empire style is timeless, and the latticework of the baskets lends delicacy and light to the design.
    The white line across the top of the base accentuates the richness of the gold, adding a touch of intensity to the overall design.
    The long rectangular base of the basket harmonizes with its oval shape, creating a pleasing visual balance.
    Filled with flowers, this is the perfect centerpiece for a formal dining room table, either oval shaped or rectangular.
    It would also be exquisite on a sideboard in the dining room.

    Dimensions: 13.75″ long x 7.5″ wide x 10.75″ tall. The basket is 4.75″ deep.

    Condition: Very Good, with some gilt invisibly restored

  • French Gilded Paris Porcelain Basket with Pair of Gilded Paris Porcelain Vases


    We are pleased to offer this elegant three-part group of Paris Porcelain in the Empire style crafted circa 1840.
    The centerpiece is an oval-shaped pierced basket, lavishly gilded with delicate latticework. The golden Empire style lends an air of grandeur to the design, while the intricate latticework adds a sense of delicacy and allows light to play through. The white line across the top of the base further enhances the richness of the gold, creating a touch of intensity. The long rectangular base harmonizes beautifully with the oval shape, creating a visually balanced composition. With dimensions of 13.75″ long x 7.5″ wide x 10.75″ tall and a depth of 4.75″, this basket is perfect as a centerpiece for a formal dining room table, be it oval-shaped or rectangular. It would also make an exquisite addition to a dining room sideboard.
    Flanking the centerpiece is a pair of golden Paris Porcelain mantle vases in the Empire style and crafted circa 1840. The gilding on these vases is exquisite. Delicate bands of flowers and matte handles further emphasize the luxury of the gold. These vases stand 12.5″ tall and measure 6″ across the handles, with a depth of 4″. Their dimensions and captivating design make them ideal as companions to the centerpiece or for adorning a mantelpiece.
    Both pieces are in very good to excellent condition, with some small touches of gilt invisibly restored on the basket, while the vases are pristine.

    Dimensions of the basket: 13.75″ long x 7.5″ wide x 10.75″ tall. The basket is 4.75″ deep.
    Dimensions of the vases: 12.5″ tall x 6″ across the handles x 4″ deep

    Condition: Very Good, to Excellent with some touches of gilt invisibly restored on the basket

  • Pair Prints of French Noble Couples of 16th Century Made Mid-19th Century France


    A pair of outstanding prints of French nobles of the 16th century. The costumes are exquisite!
    The captions under each figure indicate that the figures and their costumes were from the period of Henri III and Henri IV, Kings of France,
    The stylish costumes are beautifully rendered. The history is fascinating.
    On the back of the print on the left, the captions read; Conseil au Parlément de Paris and Marie Le Jars De Gournay
    on the print on the right, the captions read, “Anne De Thou (dame de Chiverni)” and “Premier Président au Parlement de Paris.”

    Dimensions: 15.25″ wide x 13.25″ height

    Condition: Excellent, with the very slightest wear consistent with age and use.  (Scroll down to see more historical detail).

  • Antique French Porcelain Pitcher Hand Painted Empire Period, Circa 1815


    Made in the Napoleonic period, this exquisite French porcelain pitcher was hand-painted in the Empire style. It boasts classical and rococo influences, with a bold purple square outlined in gold and elegant swags of acanthus* leaves, symbolizing immortality, painted in grisaille. The green enamel on the handle adds a touch of refinement. The gilding on the throat of the pitcher is exceptional, depicting a pair of golden hawks amidst vines. With meticulous attention to detail, the painting features an array of stunning colors, all expertly accented with gleaming gold gilding.
    *Acanthus leaves symbolize immortality. In the Napoleonic period in France, acanthus refers to Napoleon’s immortality.

    Dimensions: 9.25” tall x 7.25” deep x 5.75” diameter at the widest point

    Condition: Excellent

  • Aesop’s Fables Animals on Antique French Porcelain Plate Hand Painted Circa 1825


    This marvelous plate is decorated with four beautifully hand painted scenes from Aesop’s fables.
    In each of the four scenes, the painter has captured the essence of each tale.
    1) The Fox & the Grapes (see more details below)
    2) The Bear and The Bees (see more details below)
    3) The Stag and His Reflection (see more details below)
    4) The Two Dogs {A Hound and A Mastiff} (see more details below)
    Separating the scenes are panels of golden latticework done with exquisite gilding.
    This plate is a porcelain gem!

    Dimensions: 9.25″ in diameter x 1″ tall

    Condition: Excellent

  • Strasbourg Faience Dish by Paul Hannong, circa 1755


    This 18th-century faience dish was hand-painted in the factory of Paul Hannong in Strasbourg, France.                                                                                                             The flowers are exquisite!
    Paul Hannong, and his brother Joseph, were known for the fabulous flower painting on their faience.                                                                                                                  This finely painted plate was decorated with gorgeous flowers in the mid-18th century, circa 1755.                                                                                                    The border of the dish is molded with six slightly lobed panels.                                                                                                                                                                                               The edge is painted dark brown.
    French faience of this type was used at the court of Louis XV as part of elaborate meals and displays.
    .The dish’s underside is marked in underglaze blue with Paul Hannong’s “IH” cipher over “90” written in brown (see images).
    An oval dish decorated with similar hand-painted flowers can be found in Christie’s auction on May 29, 2001, Auction 2507 EUROPEAN CERAMICS, DUTCH DELFTWARE, AND GLASS Lot 165. It is attributed by Christie’s to Paul Hannon.
    Dimensions: Diameter 9.5.”
    Condition: Excellent
    Price: $520
    Background of French Faience
    Faience, or tin-glazed and enameled earthenware, first emerged in France during the sixteenth century, reaching widespread usage among elite patrons during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
    Faience is distinguished by the opaque white color achieved by adding tin oxide to the glaze. French faience is typically divided into two types. Grand feu (high fire) describes pieces decorated with glaze and metallic oxides before being fired a single time at a high temperature of around 1650°F (900°C). Petit feu (low-fire) faience refers to a process whereby the clay body is fired before glazed, decorated with metallic oxides, and then fired at a lower temperature. The lower firing temperature of petit feu faience enabled greater precision in painting techniques and greater variety in the range of colors.

  • Large Blue and White Arras Porcelain Round Soup Tureen French 18th Century


    This late 18th-century French soup tureen is decorated with an elegant design of delicate cornflower sprigs. The color of the porcelain body is a warm creamy white. The cornflower sprigs, handles, and border edging are decorated with beautiful deep blue enamel. The combination of the creamy white ground and the blue decoration is splendid. The makers of Arras porcelain specialized in porcelain painted in this entrancing twilight blue called “Bleu d’Arras.” Natural forms like the tree branch handle and the blue cornflower decorations were the height of French fashion in the last quarter of the 18th century. This tureen was made at the Arras porcelain factory circa 1780. The underside of the tureen is marked with the letters “AR” and the flying bird symbol of the Arras factory.

    Dimensions:10.25″ diameter x 9″ height

    Condition: Excellent, with some small original firing cracks along the outer edge of the cover (see image #3).

  • Large Blue and White Porcelain Soup Tureen French 18th Century


    Decorated with an elegant design of delicate blue cornflower sprigs, this soup tureen was made in Arras, France, in the late 18th century.
    The cornflower sprigs, handles, and border edging are decorated with beautiful deep blue enamel.
    The makers of Arras Porcelain specialized in porcelain painted in this entrancing twilight blue called “Bleu d’Arras.”
    The color of the porcelain body is a warm creamy white.
    The combination of the creamy white ground and the blue decoration is splendid.
    Natural forms like the tree branch handle and the blue cornflower decorations were the height of French fashion in the last quarter of the 18th century.
    Made at the Arras porcelain factory of the Delemers family circa 1780, both the tureen and its stand are marked in underglaze blue.
    The underside of the tureen is marked with the letters “AR” for the Delemers family Arras factory.
    The underside of the stand is marked “Dele AR” for the Delemers family Arras factory.

    Dimensions: 16″ wide x 13″ deep x 9.5″ tall

    Condition: Excellent, with some hard-to-see rubbing to the clear glaze on the stand

  • Pair French Faience Dishes Made circa 1780


    We are pleased to offer these two 18th-century French faience light-hearted dishes painted with figures. The first plate, mustard yellow on a white ground, features an amusing stylized bird. The second plate light green on white ground shows the “Walking Man” a favorite theme of 18th-century European faience and Delft. Both plates have scalloped rims and similar floral motifs throughout. While not a true pair, the two dishes work well together as they are identical in size, the colors compliment each other and the style of painting is similar. They are an amusing and eye-catching pair. Our plates share many of the attributes of faience painted in Southwest France between 1730-1840: the natural scenes decorated in a chinoiserie style, the camaieu colors, and the flanking motifs around a central figure. Like our dishes, most of this type of faience was not signed, and the makers have remained anonymous.        References: “French Faience” by Jeanne Giacomotti, page 178.       Dimensions: diameter 9.75 inches               Condition: Excellent.                  Price: $700 for the pair.                             Each plate can be purchased individually for $400 each.

  • From the Collection of Mario Buatta Pair of French Neoclassical Dishes


    Provenance: The Private Collection of Mario Buatta
    This elegant pair of dishes have fluted borders with scalloped edges.
    Made in France circa 1820 the hand-painted borders are decorated with a neoclassical design showing cornucopia and flowering vines. But it is the colors, purple, green and blue together with lavish gilding which must have attracted Mario, and which make this pair so beautiful.
    Dimensions: 8.5″ diameter x 1.5″ height
    Condition: some rubbing to the high points on the inner gold circle
    Price: $320 for the pair.

  • Pair of French Mid-19th Century Flower Decorated Creamware Dishes


    This pair of French creamware dishes shows sprigs of beautiful flowers. The images are crisp. We see two shades of purple, green, and yellow. The color combination is perfect. Made by the Creil-Montereau factory in the mid-19th century, circa 1860, the pattern was inspired by the hand-painted flowers on 18th-century French and English porcelain. The dishes are made of pearled creamware, pottery perfected by an Englishman, Josiah Wedgwood, in the 1780s. Under the artistic and technical direction of native English potters, Creil-Montereau introduced France to transfer printing on creamware and raised it to a high state of perfection during its peak years in the 19th century. The pottery factory of Creil (Oise) was founded in 1797. In 1840 the Creil factory merged with the Montereau factory (Seine et Marne). The company became “Creil et Montereau Faïenceries” under the name Lebeuf, Milliet & Co. (LM & Co.), and continued until 1876.

    Dimensions: 8″ in diameter x 1.5″ deep.

    Condition: Excellent with the very, very slightest rubbing to the colors.

  • Pair Antique French Porcelain Baskets Paire Corbeilles En Porcelaine


    Made in France circa 1860, this beautiful pair of Paris Porcelain baskets are classic French style.
    They are elegant and formal with exquisite gilt on crisp white porcelain.
    The one decorative touch is a lovely small band of chevrons around the middle of each basket (see image #3).
    The latticework of the baskets enhances their delicacy and adds light to the design.
    Baskets like these first became popular in France during the reign of King Louis Philippe from 1830-1848.

    Dimensions: 8.5″ height x 8.75″ diameter across the top

    Condition: Excellent

  • 18th Century French Soft Paste Porcelain Mennecy Blush Pot Hand-Painted


    We are pleased to offer this beautiful Mennecy blush pot ‘Pot à Fard’ made circa 1750.
    It is decorated with sprays of flowers, the finial shaped as a single purple rose with green leaves.
    The flowers are hand-painted in rich enamel colors, among them the distinctive Mennecy purple-rose hue, shown in figure #1, especially on the rose form finial. Another color associated with Mennecy is the most beautiful green found on the raised leaves of the rose finial and on the leaves surrounding the flowers.
    This pot is particularly appealing because the painting of the flowers is so robust. Envisioning it in a woman’s toilette seems the epitome of femininity and Romanticism. In the 18th century, it would have been found on the vanity of an aristocratic lady, where it was primarily used to hold creams and lotions for the face.
    The Mennecy Porcelain Manufactory was one of the first French porcelain factories. From 1735 until 1773, the factory produced Fine quality soft-paste porcelain wares. French soft-paste porcelains date to the early attempts by European potters to replicate Chinese porcelain by using mixtures of clay and glass frit. Like our pot, the body of the early Mennecy soft-paste wares has a creamy tone.
    There was no gilding at Mennecy. Instead, like our pot, the rims were painted in tones of pink and purple.
    The Mennecy, factory under the protection of the Duc de Villeroy, marked many of its porcelains with an incised “DV” on the underside.
    Our pot is marked with an incised “DV”; however, an image of the “DV” mark does not have enough resolution to post here.

    Provenance: Estate of John F. Ball, Greenwich, CT.

    Dimensions: 3.75″ tall x 3″ diameter

    Condition: Excellent

  • Pair Mennecy 18th Century Soft-Paste Porcelain Pots France Circa 1765


    Provenance: A New England Estate
    Hand-painted in the 18th century circa 1765 these beautiful Mennecy Porcelain soft-paste pomade pots are rare. Pots like this held rich creams and lotions for the face. They would have been placed on the vanity of an aristocratic lady. Both the body and the cover have lovely spiral fluting and are decorated with flowers painted in exquisite enamel colors, especially the distinctive purple-rose hue seen on the body and the cover. Each cover is topped with a fabulous strawberry finial. The underside of both pots is marked with an incised “DV.”

    Dimensions. height 3.75 inches x diameter 2.35 inches

    Condition: Excellent

  • Sevres Porcelain Bottle Cooler Hand-Painted 18th Century, Circa 1773-1782


    Sèvres was the royal factory of Louis XV and Louis XVI, Kings of France from 1715-1793. The Sèvres factory was known to have the best painters and gilders in 18th century France. This stunning Sèvres 18th century double bottle cooler was hand-painted with exquisite sprigs of spring flowers (see images). The underside is marked in underglaze blue with the Sèvres intertwined “L” and the letter “L” for painter’s mark for Michel-Louis Chavereaux, who was active at Sèvres from 1773-1782. The decoration is delicate, and the modeling and gilding are exceptional.

    The cooler measures 12.5″ (31.75 cm) across the handles x 5.75″ (14.6 cm) deep x 4.75″ (12 cm) in height.

    Condition: Excellent

  • Early 19th Century Creil French Mochaware Coffee Pot


    A Creil mochaware peach-colored coffee pot made circa 1810.

    This elegant coffee pot features a dark brown mocha design on a light peach body. Mochaware was developed in Staffordshire in the late 18th century, but spread to continental Europe through the Middle-Eastern moss agate trade. Moss agate stones, which sport a similar tree-like design, were exported to the West through the port of al Makha, translated in English to “Mocha.” While moss agates were used as semiprecious stones in jewelry and objets de vertu for the upper classes, their dendrite design inspired potters such as Creil to create mochawares for more quotidian usage.

    Dimensions: 10 in. H x 6 1/4 at widest point (25.4 cm H x 15.9 cm W)

    Condition: Excellent visual condition, with invisible professional restoration to cover and spout. Some minor staining to clay body under the glaze on the foot.

  • Apt Mixed Earths Centerpiece Made in France Mid-19th Century circa 1840

  • 3 French Porcelain Swan Shaped Gravy Boats White and Gold

  • Pair of 18th Century Creamware Lions

  • Pair of Large Antique Luneville Lions, France c.1800

  • French Faience Dessert Dish with Peacock

  • Set of 14 Antique French Porcelain Dishes

  • Three Niderviller Antique Porcelain Open-Work Baskets

  • Dagoty 18th Century French Porcelain Plate Cobalt Blue Border

  • Pair of Paris Porcelain Golden Mantle Vases in Empire Style Made Circa 1840


    We are pleased to offer this pair of golden Paris Porcelain mantle vases made in the Empire style, circa 1840. The gilding on these vases is dazzling. The delicate band of flowers and the matte handles emphasize the mirror-like quality of the gold. Gilding used gold as pigment in paint: the artist ground the gold into a fine powder and mixed it with a binder. Then the gold was applied in the same way as paint. After gold-painting, the artist would heat the piece enough to melt the gold slightly, ensuring an even coat.

    Dimensions: 12.25 inches tall x 6 inches across x 3.25 inches deep

    Condition: Excellent

    Price: $1,600                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Background of Paris Porcelain: Old Paris porcelain, or Vieux Paris, produced by numerous private factories clustered around the French capital, was known for gilded opulence. The time frame for the production of Paris Porcelain extends from the late 18th century up to the 1870s. Most pieces are not marked.

  • Pair French Vases Mid-19th Century Opaline Hand Painted on a Sky Blue Ground

  • 18th Century Clignancourt Porcelain Soup Tureen

  • Antique Blue and White Delftware Carafe “Boy”


    This charming mid-18th century English delftware carafe features the word “Boy” painted in underglaze sky blue on a light blue ground.
    In the 17th and 18th centuries, the term “Boy” was used to address a male of any age, indicating familiarity or friendship.
    This type of delftware carafe was first made in England at Aldgate in the last quarter of the 17th century.
    Most likely, this carafe was made to hold beer served in a tavern.
    It has two small loop handles on each side so that it could be hung on a wall when not in use.
    In the 17th and 18th centuries, carafe bottles like this were made in both England and The Netherlands for export to England.
    A carafe like this might have inscriptions, labels, dates, names, or, like ours, a sign of goodwill and friendship.
    Beer was a crucial part of the daily diet for many people in 18th-century England. It served as a source of hydration and provided necessary calories and nutrients. Due to inadequate sanitation practices and the unreliable availability of safe drinking water, beer was often consumed as a safer alternative to water.
    Dimensions: Height 8 in. x Diameter 5 in.
    Condition: Excellent. Small expected glaze skips on the high points where the original glaze did not stick.
    Price: $800

  • Pair of Neoclassical Portrait Vases


    A pair of early 19th-century French porcelain vases with exquisite execution of classical portraits. Each vase features an outstanding portrait of a single figure on the front and back. The artist has represented something of each person’s character. The figures are painted in grisaille and framed in gold. The portraits are set against a beautiful blue ground with delicate purple neoclassical designs. DThe gilding on the vases is outstanding and decorated with acanthus leaves and stylized Greek keys, It is the combination of these elements which makes the vases so exceptional.

    Dimensions: H 11.75 in. x Dm 7.25 in.

    Condition: Excellent

  • Pair of French Gilded Porcelain Baskets ‘Corbeilles’


    Provenance: The Collection of Nelson Doubleday, Jr.

    Created in France in the mid-19th century, circa 1860, the baskets are decorated with delicate flowers and lavish gilding. They stand on rectangular bases of clean white porcelain with gilded outlines. The lattice work of the baskets lends delicacy and light to the design.

    Originally this pair of elegant oval-shaped antique French porcelain pierced baskets (corbeilles) would have been placed on a table to hold fruit. They would be lovely on any table or sideboard. Their timeless beauty will enhance any room.

    Dimensions: 13.5 inches W x 9.5 inches H x 7.75 inches D

    Condition: Excellent


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