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Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Diameter: 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.)
Bequest of Mrs. Everett R. Castle 1972.189.b
The first extensive manufactory of soft-paste porcelain in France was carried out at a factory at Saint-Cloud, near Paris. The earliest porcelains were produced there in 1693, and the factory remained a significant one throughout the first half of the 18th century. Bacause of technical difficulties, most of the wares produced at Saint-Cloud are rather small in size and heavily potted. Stylistic restraint was exercised in both the form and decoration of its wares. Underglaze blue was frequently employed at Saint-Cloud, and pieces of the type resemble closely those attributed to Rouen, leading to the speculation that the two factories were closely related.
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