Pair of 18th Century French Porcelain Blush Pots ‘Pots à Fard’ by Mennecy


WHY WE LOVE IT: This pair of pots are particularly appealing because the painting of the flowers is so robust. Envisioning them in a woman’s toilette seems the epitome of femininity and Romanticism. In the 18th century they would have been found on the vanity of an aristocratic lady. They were primarily used to hold creams and lotions for the face.

We are pleased to offer this pair of beautiful Mennecy blush pots made circa 1750. Each is decorated with sprays of flowers, the finials shaped as a single purple rose with green leaves, one pot with a green leaf painted on the bottom. The pots are decorated with hand painted flowers in rich enamel colors, among them the distinctive Mennecy purple-rose hue, as shown on the beautiful lily flower and the rose finial on the top. Another color associated with Mennecy is the most beautiful green found on the raised leaves of the rose finials and surrounding each of the painted flowers.


3.75″ tall x 3″ diameter




$3,800 for the pair


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 pots, the body of the early Mennecy soft-paste wares has a creamy tone.
There was no gilding at Mennecy, instead, like our pots, 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 (one of our pair of pots is marked with an incised “DV”).


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