Joseph Fauchier I (1687-1751) worked for Anne Clérissy-Héraud from 1710 and directed her workshop after her death, together with Madeleine Héraud until 1730. He set up his own factory around 1731 and broadened his area of activity. He is considered to be the greatest producer of earthenware in Marseille during the first half of the 18th century. He died childless in 1751 and his nephew Joseph Fauchier II inherited the workshop, which he ran with the same degree of success. The manufactory ceased in 1795. Joseph I was a master of the Art of mixing rocailles and dark manganese-red.
This dinner service, with monochrome manganese-purple decoration on a white background, enhances the Rococo-style naturalist bouquets with rocaille asymmetric patterns of shells and foliage. The edges of the plates are unevenly rippled and therefore this dinner service can be dated from circa 1750. It can also be considered to be one of the few 'complete' earthenware dinner services from this period. The term dinner service was in fact not 'd'usance' during the first half of the 18th century.
See D. Maternati-Baldouy, Faïence et Porcelaine de Marseille, Marseille, 1997, pp. 92-95 for related objects.