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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