Faïence from Strasbourg and the East, 18th century

Strasbourg was one of the greatest faience centres in the 18th century. The Hannong manufactory mastered the low firing technique which enabled the use of gilding and pink. It could work with a more varied and nuanced palette for its decorative details. From the 1740s the Alsatian maker used a brilliant polychrome to create a naturalistic floral repertoire which rivalled the finest porcelain creations. The most popular pieces were in thecontournéstyle, with a black outline defining motifs, whereas finer quality work, without outlines, was reserved for more precious pieces.

The use of French table settings, linked to the rise of gastronomy, helped the growth of industrial ceramics. A meal was organised in several stages (hors-d’œuvre, cream desserts meats…) where several dishes were served at the same time, thus requiring many serving dishes. In the second half of the 18th century, client taste favoured polychrome floral decorative details composed of pink flowers.