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Old Paris Porcelain

Old Paris porcelain, also referred to as Vieux Paris, refers to the ornately-decorated gilt porcelain created in and around Paris by more than 30 different factories from the mid-18th century through approximately 1870. Pieces created include figures, vases, tableware, and other accessories. The styles of these porcelain works changed with the trends of the time and include Rococo, Gothic, and Renaissance.

Hard-paste porcelain production reached France in the early 1740s, decades after a successful and much sought- after formula had been discovered in Meissen, Germany. King Louis XV quickly took over the factory in Sèvres producing porcelain and enforced laws restricting other French porcelain manufacturers, thereby creating a monopoly. Although some restrictions were soon relaxed after complaints, factories still sought the patronage of nobles for protection from the authorities. This caused the royal factory to suffer, and eventually, the tight restrictions on porcelain factories were lifted.

There is no single mark that is associated with Old Paris porcelain, and many are completely unmarked. The styles vary widely as the factories did their best to keep up with trends of the time. While Marie Antoinette favored ornate flower decorations, the Napoleonic era reflected neo-classical tastes, and the later 1800s produced some of the most intricate Old Paris works blending Gothic, Rococo, and Ornamentals.


Quick Facts

  • Some factories sold blank porcelain pieces to outside decorators, so identical forms may appear painted in different styles
  • Old Paris porcelain was quite popular in the United States. Pierre-Louis Dagoty and Edouard Honore created a dessert service for President James Monroe in 1817
  • New Orleans remains one of the best places to find Old Porcelain, since the city was a port of entry for French goods during the 1800s

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Old Paris dinner service & serving pieces
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
Old Paris dinner service & serving pieces
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Est: $100- $150
$1004 Bids
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Lot of Mostly Old Paris Porcelain
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Est: $50- $100
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Paris Porcelain hand painted Baluster vase
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
Paris Porcelain hand painted Baluster vase
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Est: £40- £80
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Lot of Antique Old Paris Porcelain
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Lot of Antique Old Paris Porcelain
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Antique Old Paris Hand Painted Porcelain Tea Set
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Old Paris Hand Painted Porcelain Tea Set
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Large Group of Assorted Gold and White Porcelain
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Large Group of Assorted Gold and White Porcelain
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Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
PAIR OF 19TH C. PARIS PORCELAIN & BRONZE VASES
Mar 08, 1:30 PM PST
PAIR OF 19TH C. PARIS PORCELAIN & BRONZE VASES
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$5,5000 Bids
Pair of vases; Old Paris, nineteenth century. Enameled and gilded porcelain.
Mar 11, 2:15 PM CET
Pair of vases; Old Paris, nineteenth century. Enameled and gilded porcelain.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,0000 Bids
Pair of Antique Russian or Paris Porcelain Vases
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Pair of Antique Russian or Paris Porcelain Vases
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Three Old Paris-Style Porcelain Vases
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Three Old Paris-Style Porcelain Vases
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
Old Paris Porcelain Vase
Mar 13, 5:00 PM EDT
Old Paris Porcelain Vase
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Est: $200- $300
$1500 Bids
French Vieux Paris Procelain Campagna Form Urns Ca. 1840-1870, H 13" Dia. 10" 1 Pair
Mar 14, 11:00 AM EDT
French Vieux Paris Procelain Campagna Form Urns Ca. 1840-1870, H 13" Dia. 10" 1 Pair
by DuMouchelles
Est: $600- $1,200
$4500 Bids
Rare 19th Century Paris Porcelain Cup & Saucer
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Rare 19th Century Paris Porcelain Cup & Saucer
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Pair of Large Old Paris Style Porcelain Baluster Vases, 19th c., H.- 22 3/4 in., W.- 13 in., D.- 10 in.
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CST
Pair of Large Old Paris Style Porcelain Baluster Vases, 19th c., H.- 22 3/4 in., W.- 13 in., D.- 10 in.
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Est: $400- $800
$3000 Bids
A Paris (Halley) porcelain dark-green-ground cabin…
Mar 20, 10:30 AM GMT
A Paris (Halley) porcelain dark-green-ground cabin…
by Roseberys
Est: £200- £400
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Mar 20, 10:30 AM GMT
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Est: £200- £400
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Sellers Who Sell Old Paris Porcelain


World Auction Gallery

World Auction Gallery

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Old Kinderhook Auction Company

Roseberys

Roseberys

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DuMouchelles