Porcelaine de Paris 

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Pair of Oriental Style Amphora Vases

Circa 1880


Height: 38,5 cm (15,15 in.) ; Width : 25 cm (9,8 in.) ; Depth : 11,5 cm (4,5 in.)

Beautiful pair of amphora vases in white and blue porcelain, richly decorated on each side with beautiful polychrome floral compositions framed by handles with openwork motifs of oriental scrolls inspired by Alhambra decorations. The necks and feet are underlined by gilded fillets and embellished with interlacing and a coat of arms featuring a sword.

Porcelaine de Paris

Since the discovery of kaolin, needed material for the making of porcelain, porcelain factories also called porcelain manufactures are on the increase in all France and naturally in Paris. Most of those manufactures worked in the 18th century under the protection of a member of the Royal family, such the comte de Provence, future Louis XVIII, who protected the Clignancourt manufacture. But during the 18th and 19th century, numerous pieces did bear no making mark. It was then almost imposssible to attribute them to any particular Parisian factory, hence the expression “Paris porcelain” or “Vieux Paris” including all those various productions.


Faïence et Porcelaine de Paris XVIIIe-XIXe siècles, Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, Ed. Faton, 1995

La Porcelaine Française, Claude Dauguet et Dorothée Guilleme – Brulon, Editions Ch. Massin

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