Thursday, January 20, 2011


     Old Paris porcelain, or as the French say, Vieux Paris, refers not to a single Manufacturer, but to more than thirty porcelian sources, based with in the city of Paris, between the mid 1700's until around 1870, at the end of the Second Empire.The term was not actually used until the latter part of that period.
    The various Paris Artisans, mostly situated in the northeast side of Paris,housed their skills in a hury or went out of business. At the outset, they had to compete with King Louis XV's own Royal Manufactory at Sevres, just 18 miles to the south-west of the city. Old Paris manufactures catered more quickly to changing styles and customs. By the turn of the nineteenth century,nearly all Old Paris porcelain was the hard paste variety.

One of a Pair of Vases on Mantle in Down River Parlor.

Unusual Oriental Design.

Down River Parlor Mantle.

   No mark ever came to synonymous with Old Paris china. Around 70 % of the Old Paris production during its era had no mark at all. Much of the blanks or "white ware" were produced by Limoge or Sevres. The Old Paris producers job, was strickly to act as decorators. But magnificent works came from these people. Style from Neo- Classical, Rococo Revival to Renaissance Revival.
   With the sensitivity to changing times, the various exponents of Old Paris porcelain are among the finest European porcelain produced of that time.
   Some antique dealers and colectors do not consider Old Paris to be so fine. Especially when they compare it to Meissen, Sevres or KPM. But, I for one, love it as much, or not more. The artist who did the decorating of Old Paris were very talented. They knew how to paint, and there flowers are my favorite.
    Old Paris porcelains have a historical Rococo Revival style and are quite popular around the world. Such porcelains are particulary popular in the American South, with large collections of Old Paris in the Antebellum great houses in the lower Mississippi River valley.
    When porcelain competetion picked up and new innovative Old Paris products were being produced by numerous factories in and around Paris, manufactures were forced to bring the prices down and the quality up in order to gain a fair share of the market.The range of product widen and so did the designs and variety, hence giving the masses a wide spectrum of choices in Old Paris.

Minatures in Down River Parlor.

One of a Pair on Etergee in Up River Parlor.

Back side of above.

Close up of Romantic Scene.

Rose Wood Etergee in Up  River Parlor with 2 Pair of Old Paris Vases.

Fan Vase ,one of a Pair, with Tulips ,in Up River Parlor.

Close Up of Hand Painted Tulip.

Old Paris Rococo Clock in Up River Parlor.

Pair of Fan Vases in Entrance  Hall.

Close Up Detail of Painting.

Old Paris  Tea Pot with Hand Painted Ivy.

A wall in the Master Bath.

Pair Old Paris Vases on Mantle in Master Bed Room.
Napoleans Wedding Scene.


View of the Master Bed Room Mantle.

Old Paris Fan Vase on Pier Mirror in Down River Parlor.

Hand Painted Lilac are Unusual.

Very Rare and Unusual Piece of Old Paris with Portrait and Cherub.

Old Paris Covered Cup and Saucer.

A Gift of Frienship.

Mantle in Down River Parlor with Pair of Old Paris Vases.

Minature Old Paris Plate on Stand with Goat.

Minature Old Paris Ring Box.

Tea Table in Down River Parlor with Old Paris Minatures.

    Great amounts of Old Paris was produced for the American market. Often people taking the "grand tour", shipped many of these pieces back to America. Soon American merchants, were having crates brought in for sale, here in the stores, of Americas large cities.
   I love the Rococo style. The Neo- Classical is far more rare and valuable.But the Rococo is loud,bright and really stands out. I have always been attracted to tasteful gaudy. I have always loved Old Paris and only regret that I can not afford more pieces. Once in awhile, I find something wonderful, that is affordable, but usually the prices are over my head. So, I am gratefull, for the pieces I have. Small chips and cracks, never  bother me, when it comes to Old Paris. I just look the other way when it comes to these monor flaws. It is more affordable in the East and Mid West, than it is in the South. Southern people love their Old Paris.One of the most beautiful sets of Old Paris dinner ware is in a home in Natchez, Mississippi. After seeing it, I fell in lust.
   I hope you enjoy seeing my, Old Paris, as much, as I enjoy sharing it with you.  I have some pieces for sale in my shop. Richard's Great Stuff in Clarksville, Mo. If you have any interest just call me or email. 573- 242 -9688.
   If you would like to know more about my little town, Clarksville,Mo., stop by for a visit.
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Divine Theatre said...

Lovely! I have six cats and unless I can hot glue those down they cannot come home with me! I love them, though!
Don't forget to come to my new blog for my very first ever giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous post, Richard. Just amazing!

andrew1860 said...

Beautiful post and lovely collection I love the pair of vases with the Chinese figures painted on them. I have a pair that is similar to them. Natchez, Mississippi is one of my favorite historic American city's I have been over 20 times. Are you talking about the dinner service at Stanton Hall? Natchez has wonderful Old Paris porcelain in museums and the shops. Wished I still loved on the East Coast as I bought hundred pieces of Old Paris for pennies on the dollar.

lvroftiques said...

Richard I really enjoyed learning more about Old Paris Porcelain. I have a few pieces that I treasure. Your collection is fabulous! The most delicious eye candy to me! May I ask where you found most of yours? Auctions etc? Here in the Pacific Northwest Old Paris is not very common and is quite coveted and expensive. Funny thing..I spent yesterday shopping for tiques with one of my best blogging friends from Natchez. And we found a small goat cart very similar to yours. I'll be sharing it in my next post. Needless to say I'll be going to visit her so I can hunt for some of those old southern collections! *winks* vanna

Ornaments by Pink said...

Richard these are beautiful pieces.
I especially like the cherub with the portrait!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a gorgeous collection, Richard. My favorite is the cherub and fan piece. So hard to find, just stunning! Happy New Year~!Lidy

victorian parlor II said...

Gorgeous!!! I love porcelains and your collection is amazing:). Thanks for sharing!



Hugo Cáceres said...

Richard: Thank you for sharing so many beautiful pieces. I would love to pay a visit to your old home and see closely the quality of your collection.