Pot à fard, Saint-Cloud, soft paste porcelain, c.1720


Decorated with Bérainesque ornaments in underglaze blue, this small cylindrical pot à fard would have been used on the dressing table to hold cosmetic ointments, such as rouge, or pomade for the hair.


Situated close to Paris and Versailles, the Saint-Cloud factory enjoyed much royal and noble patronage for their fine decorative and useful wares. Production began in the 1690s, the factory being almost certainly the first in Europe to successfully manufacture soft-paste porcelain on a commercial basis.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: No damage or restoration. There is a tiny potting flaw to the knop, and also a small kiln touch to the edge of the cover. This would have occurred during manufacture.

Dimensions: Height (to top of knop) 6.5 cm

Discovering the Secrets of Soft-Paste Porcelain at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory, c.1690-1766, Bertrand Rondot, Ed. (BGC / Yale, 1999).


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