Mennecy Manufactory, Sauceboat, ca. 1755

2015 033 V0006Mennecy Manufactory, French, Sauceboat, ca. 1755, soft-paste porcelain, 4.13 x 9 x 7.25 inches. Acquired with funds provided by the Virginia A. Marten Endowment for Decorative Arts, 2015.033

This saucier Duplessis is the only known example of this type from the Mennecy Manufactory. Jean-Claude Duplessis (1699–1774), a goldsmith and bronze founder who was commissioned to provide designs for the porcelain manufactories at Vincennes and later Sèvres, created this sauceboat form from the motif of two waves crashing. François Barbin (1691–1765), the founder of the Mennecy Manufactory, had been producing both faience and porcelain in the faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris but was sued by the Vincennes Manufactory for infringement of their monopoly in 1748. As a result, he moved out of Paris and by 1750 relocated his factory to the town of Mennecy, where this sauceboat was made. Duplessis’s wave motif that Barbin copied here became a hallmark of rococo design.

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