These beautiful Mennecy porcelain pomade pots are rare. Made in the 18th century, they would have been found on the vanity of an aristocratic lady. They were primarily used to hold rich creams and lotions for the face.
The pots are decorated with flowers richly painted in enamel colors, among them the distinctive purple-rose hue seen on the cover.
H 3.75 in. x Dm 2.35 in.
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 porcelain body of the early Mennecy soft-paste wares has a creamy tone. Pieces were mostly various types of pots and jars. There was no gilding, instead the rims were painted in pink.
The Mennecy factory under the protection of the Duc de Villeroy, marked an incised “DV” on the underside of many pieces (one of our pair of pots is marked “DV”).
Estate of John F. Ball, Greenwich, CT.