Here is an impressive hand-painted knife handle made at the Mennecy factory in France around 1745. Like most porcelain makers in Europe, Mennecy copied oriental styles but in the process gave their own interpretation to the Chinese designs, known as the chinoiseries style. This knife is ten inches long and still very sharp! I can’t make out the maker of the metal, but the symbol of the firm is stamped into the blade. If anyone knows, please tell me. The handle is decorated with a polychrome scene of temples or pavilions and an occasional Chinese figure holding an umbrella. There is no damage, but the metal point at the end of the handle probably had a small restraining button at one time. The colors are red, green, blue, yellow and black.
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