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ANTIQUE FRENCH CERAMICS - FAIENCE AND PORCELAIN

Faience, or tin-glazed and enamelled earthenware, first emerged in France during the sixteenth century, reaching widespread usage among elite patrons during the seventeenth and early eighteenth century. While faience can be created from a wide mixture of clays, it is foremost distinguished by the milky opaque white colour achieved by the addition of tin oxide to the glaze.
The first porcelain produced in France was soft paste and made in the faience factories. Originally the pieces imitated the Chinese patterned blue and white, however the factories of France soon began to develop their own style in the baroque and rococo. In the mid 18th century Louis XV took control of the Vincennes factory, which later became Sèvres, the most prominent porcelain producer in Europe until the end of the 18th century. Soft paste preceded hard paste which was not in production until 1770.

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A PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY DELFT CHARGERS IN CAMAÏEU BLEU 18TH CENTURY DELFT CHARGER IN CAMAÏEU BLEU WITH A PEACOCK EARLY 18TH CENTURY CIRCULAR FAIENCE CHARGER
18TH CENTURY DELFT PLATE OR SMALL CHARGER IN CAMAÏEU BLEU 18TH CENTURY DELFT PLATE OR SMALL CHARGER WITH A YELLOW RIM
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18TH CENTURY DELFT PLATE OR SMALL CHARGER IN CAMAÏEU BLEU WITH THREE FLOWERS
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18TH CENTURY DELFT CHARGER IN CAMAÏEU BLEU MID 18TH CENTURY CIRCULAR DELFTWARE CHARGER WITH A BOAT IN THE CENTRE AND A FIGURE SAILING MID 18TH CENTURY CIRCULAR DELFT BOWL OR CURVED CHARGER
PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY DELFT CHARGERS WITH STORKS PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY DELFT 'FRAISIER' STRAWBERRY DISHES AND UNDERPLATES 18TH CENTURY CIRCULAR MOUSTIERS PLATE WITH A SCALLOPED RIM
MID 18TH CENTURY STAR SHAPED CHARGER, MOUSTIERS LARGE FRENCH 18TH CENTURY MOUSTIERS OVAL FAIENCE SERVING DISH WITH SCALLOPED RIM 18TH CENTURY OCTAGONAL FAIENCE VEGETABLE DISH
FRENCH 18TH CENTURY BOWL OR SERVING DISH MID 18TH CENTURY CIRCULAR FAIENCE CHARGER FRENCH 18TH CENTURY OCTAGONAL PLATTER OR SERVING DISH
18TH CENTURY MOUSTIERS OVAL EARTHENWARE SERVING DISH WITH SCALLOPED RIM IMPORTANT ROUEN EARLY 18TH CENTURY OCTAGONAL FAIENCE PLATTER OR 'BANNETTE' MID 18TH CENTURY CIRCULAR FAIENCE PLATE OR SMALL CHARGER
 
  MID 18TH CENTURY ‘SURTOUT DE TABLE’ MOUSTIERS FRENCH 18TH CENTURY OVAL EARTHENWARE SERVING DISH WITH SCALLOPED RIM

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