UNKNOWN POTTER, French
(active 1750s in Vincennes and Sèvres)
Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome decoration
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris
The eighteenth century in France was an extraordinary period for the European decorative arts. It was characterized by an intense craft activity. Ceramics underwent unprecedented development, both as a complement to table plate as an ornamentation for interiors.
The Vincennes porcelain manufactory was established in 1740 in the disused royal Château de Vincennes, east of Paris, which was from the start the main market for its wares. The royal porcelain factory was founded in 1753 on the bank of the Seine at Sèvres. Technically, Sèvres took the lead, notably with its deep blue ware, but successful workshops, large and small, emerged all across France.
The picture shows dishes for butter, sauce, and mustard, made in Vincennes (1753-55) and Sèvres (1761) They are made of soft-paste porcelain with polychrome decoration on lapis blue ground.