An 18th Century French Porcelain Blush Pot ‘Pot à Fard’ by Mennecy

$1,900.00

In stock

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

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. It was primarily used to hold creams and lotions for the face.

We are pleased to offer this beautiful Mennecy blush pot made circa 1750.  Decorated with sprays of flowers, the finial is shaped as a single purple rose with green leaves. The pot is decorated with hand-painted flowers in rich enamel colors, among them the distinctive Mennecy purple-rose hue, as shown on the beautiful painted peony 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 finial and surrounding each of the painted flowers.

The bottom is marked with the Mennecy mark an incised “DV” on the underside.

Dimensions

3.75″ tall x 3″ diameter

Condition

Excellent

Price

$1900

History

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 pot, the rims were painted in tones of pink and purple.

The Mennecy, factory under the protection of the Duc de Villeroy, marked most of its porcelains with an incised “DV” on the underside.

Provenance

Estate of John F. Ball, Greenwich, CT.


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