"Series Of Eight Knives And A Paper Cutter In Soft Porcelain From Mennecy. Around 1740"- Very nice suite of eight table knives in soft Mennecy porcelain (or Saint Cloud), with full-face polychrome decoration, Chinese, pagoda and flowered rock. Steel blade, all identical.
18th century, around 1740.
Perfect condition, one restored.
- A paper cutter in soft Mennecy porcelain, stick-shaped handle and silver blade, with polychrome decoration of flowers and foliage.
In a perfect state.
18th century, around 1740
Dimensions: 21.5 x 2 cm
The Mennecy factory, which stood out exclusively in the 18th century, has always been one of refinement and excellence, both for its creations and its decorations. Soft porcelain appeared in France at the end of the 17th century to compete with porcelain from the Far East. It is a mixture of sand, lime and soda, coated, after a first firing, with a lead-enamel glaze. Which gives it a non-translucent appearance. As opposed to hard porcelain, based on kaolin. the very prestigious Manufacture de Saint Cloud, Vincennes, Sèvres, Chantilly, took up this process and illustrated this Art of Fire beautifully.