South of France faience 18th century

In the second half of the 18th century, faience makers succumbed to fashion and produced a large number of high fired pieces decorated with naturalistic floral motifs on a yellow or white ground. This production spread throughout the south of France, from Moustiers to Marseille and Montpellier, and to secondary production centres such as Varages in Provence. There were many contracts between pottery owners and master faience makers which encouraged movement between workshops and sharing models. Business flourished and Moustiers faience makers came to Languedoc to develop a production closely linked with their native town. Decorative patterns are similar between these different centres of production. Only the shape of a piece can help identify the provenance of these wares. Unlike Marseille, Moustiers or Varages, the Montpellier faience makers do not seem to have mastered the technique of low firing which offers a more varied palette of colours, such as pink which echoes porcelain decoration.