Faïence (tin-enameled earthenware) decorated in camaïeu bleu a (monochrome)
technique to decorate a fine milky-white background.
Of cylindrical reeded shape with handles on either side in the form of masks of bearded men with shells on their heads,
with Lambrequins and scrolling foliage.
France circa 1705–25
Rouen's Faïence or tin-glazed pottery thrived under royal patronage from 1644. By the end of the century Rouen had adopted the fashion for blue and white, and developed a formal style of radiating decoration. Tin-glazed pottery became an acceptable substitute for silver after 1709, when Louis XIV requisitioned all silver plate to help finance his wars.
A Rouen potter, Edme Poterat, who opened a factory in Rouen in 1647, is credited with the invention of France’s soft-paste porcelain. He also introduced the radiating festoon style (style rayonnant) of decoration, which, though it was new to pottery, was already popular in furniture, bookbinding, and garden design. Rouen ware is prized also for the embroidered style (lambrequin), ornament with a jagged or scalloped outline based on drapery, scrollwork, lacework ornamentwhich was predominant during the first quarter of the 18th century.
HEIGHT: 17 cm (6¾")
WIDTH: 27 cm (10¾")
DEPTH: 20.5 cm (8")