Charming French Faience Inkwell by Paul Hannong who in credited with painting designs in the "Petit-Feu" method in 1745. With this process of firing a lower temperatures enabled a wider palette of colours that could not be obtained at higher temperatures. Paul Hannong was also the first French artist to discover the means to produce hard-paste porcelain..and in 1744 he discovered the art of applying Gold to his white enamel and profited by a visit from King Louis XV who received Paul Hannong first specimens. A very creative genius as this sweet inkwell testifies. the painting is exquisite on a rich, heavy white glaze.. . In very good perfect condition for 250 years. measures 6 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 2 5/8" signed on base PH 39.. I think that this is porcelain for I see no coloured ceramic showing through only white dense ceramic..
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