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

In stock

Background of Mennecy porcelain

The Mennecy Porcelain factory was one of the first French porcelain factories. From 1735 until 1773, the factory produced fine-quality soft-paste porcelain. French soft-paste porcelain began with the early attempts by European potters to replicate Chinese porcelain using mixtures of clay and glass frit. Like our pots, the porcelain body of the early Mennecy wares has a creamy one. By royal decree, the only porcelain factory in 18th-century France to use gilding was the royal factory, Sèvres. So, there was no gilding at Mennecy; instead, the rims were painted in purple or pink. The Mennecy factory, under the protection of the Duc de Villeroy, marked an incised “DV” on the underside of many pieces.

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