A beautiful pair of matching cachepots, these porcelain plant pots were made by Villeroy and Boch's factory in Mettlach, Germany. The pattern is Paon, which means "peacock' in French, a logical name given the pretty peacocks in the cartouches on each side. The background is a pale minty green with a dark green stripe top and bottom rims and on the upper inside rim as well.
This pattern, like those of most of V&B's porcelains, is a combination of copperplate printing and hand painting. The pink and blue areas on the pots are hand painted; the rest is a transfer. The green printed mark on bottom, commonly called the "Mercury" mark, dates from the 1960's. It reads "Mettlacher Kupferdruck-Unterglasurdekor- Seit 1748" (German for "Mettlach Copper Print Underglaze Decor Since 1748" ) -Made in Germany handausgemalt (German for hand painted). The words encircle the company logo that reads "Villeroy and Boch" and "Mettlach" with the name "PAON" beneath.
While living plants can be potted directly into this pair, they do not have drain holes and would be better used as cachepots, to cover plain plant pots. Each pot measures 5 inches deep to the top rim, with the inner top measurement 6 inches across. They taper down to a bottom that's about 3 1/2 inches inside and 4 1/8 inches outside. Each weighs 1 pound 9 ounces and is in superb, like-new condition. These pots have a high gloss finish, so there are white spots and variations in color in the photos that are not there in real life. They are just lovely, inside and out.
A bit of history: The original company was founded in 1748 by Francois Boch and began using transfer printing on porcelain from engraved copper plates in 1824. A merger in 1836 created the firm of Villeroy and Boch. They've been famous ever since for the high quality and beauty of their ceramics.
>>>The matching Villeroy and Boch vase shown in our photo is available here: