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

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Background of Arras Porcelain

The Arras Porcelain factory was started in the 1770s by the family Delemers. They were a family of four sisters who set up a porcelain factory employing as many as 20 people. The factory lasted for just twenty years. That was long enough to forge a reputation founded on the delicacy and quality of the shapes and decorations they created. The factory is primarily remembered for the magnificent color of its blue paint known as “Bleu d’Arras.” The Arras Museum of Fine Arts has a good collection of this porcelain on exhibit.

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