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CAEN CHINA - 1798-1808

HISTORY. The hard paste porcelain factory of Caen was founded in 1798 and, with the kaolin and felspar obtained from the neighbourhood of Limoges, produced chinaware of excellent quality in both body and glaze. The Caen chinaware enjoyed great and well deserved popularity, but the disturbed economic conditions of France in the early nineteenth century compelled the factory to close in 1808.

The contours of Caen china were those characteristic of the Directoire and Empire periods, and many of the shapes shewed much elegance and grace. The decoration was of the highest order in point of design, painting and gilding. A pleasant yellow ground color was especially characteristic.The mark was "Caen" printed in red within a cartouche.

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