Alan & Janet Mayfield
|French Faience||23rd May 2013|
South West of France Corne D'Abondance French Faience DishA deep dish with a design of a cornucopia and accompanying 'merle' or blackbird in vibrant colours of green, blue. manganese and yellow, probably from the Cognac faiencerie. The painting is spontaneous and 'rustic' and the glaze finish to the dish has several 'skips' or kiln losses. A very interesting variant on a Nevers design, this dish probably dates from the late 18th. or the early 19th.C. The condition is extremely good, with rubs to the rim edge and some crazing to the enamel on the base, together with the glaze faults.
Size: Diam.22.4cm., depth 3.7cm
Ref: W029 ~ Price £60GBP
Nevers Montagnon French Faience Seated Lady SaltThis carefully and colourfully painted seated female figure, with sprigged gown, golden yellow collar and unique beribboned hat, is in excellent condition, with only some rubs and glaze skips to the base rim. It is clearly marked on the base with the green knotted ribbon, associated with the Montagnon faiencerie from the middle of the 19th. century, but without the painted name. Initials in manganese indicate an unidentified painter, accompanied by the numerals '8' and '9'. An approximate date of manufacture for this unusual piece would be around 1900, possibly earlier.
Size: Height 18cm., base diam. 8cm.
Ref: Y042 ~ Price £65GBP
Gien French Faience 'Decor Italien' Lobed BowlThis eight-lobed Gien bowl is decorated with fantastic animals, grotesques and cartouches in shades of blue and brown on white. Designs such as this, inspired by the Italian Renaissance, formed a large part of the Gien production in the mid to late 19th. century. This interesting piece is marked with a backstamp for 1871, and a model number '26'. It is in absolutely excellent, undamaged condition.
Size: Diam. 21cm., depth 4cm.
Ref: Y044 ~ Price £45GBP
Argonne French Faience de l'Est 'Imperial Eagle' PlateThis interesting deep plate, decorated with the image of the Napoleonic Imperial Eagle and lightning bolts, is painted in blues and yellow, with red. It most probably dates from the mid. 19thC., when Louis Philippe (monarch from 1830-48) was happy to reprise the Eagle motif, complete with lightning bolts. The Museum at St.Die (Vosges) attributes this design to the Argonnes Faiencerie. Generally in good condition, the plate has edge rubs and a 4cm. hairline at 5 o'clock, but displays well.
Size: Diam. 22.5cm.
Ref: Y035 ~ Price £65GBP
French Faience de l'Est Early 19thC Floral BouquetiereThis very attractive wall-hanging flower vase or bouquetiere has a decor of floral sprays in red, green and blue, typical, in design and colour, of faience from the east of France, and specifically Argonne. This unusual piece dates from the early 19thC., and is generally in very good condition, despite rubs to the rims and one 1.5cm. chip and flake on the top front rim (pictured). The floral decoration is in very good condition.
Size: Height 8cm., max.width 16cm., max.depth 10.2cm.
Ref: Y009Z ~ Price £55GBP
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French Faience de l'Est Early 19thC. Encrier 'Au Chinois'This interesting footed double inkwell and pen tray, carefully decorated in the 'Chinois' style of the Les Islettes Faiencerie, dates from c.1800-25. The decoration features a Chinese man (with a 'fat' finger) resting against a rock, surrounded by pink plumes of honeysuckle and other flowers. All sides of this piece are decorated, and the edges are outlined in pink. This desirable encrier has seen wear: the pounce pot has a severely chipped edge that is repairable, and the main inkwell has been replaced. Edges have rubs, with a section of the front edge broken and poorly re-glued, and there is a filled in chip at the top back edge. (More pictures are available on request). Despite these faults, this is a handsome early piece, worthy of collection.
Size: Length 16cm., depth 10cm., height 5.5cm.
Ref: Y025 ~ Price £65GBP
French Faience de l'Est (Argonne ?) Bird Plate
This deep plate has edging bands of manganese, and an inner bright blue circle containing a bird on a terrace. The design and colours are reminiscent of the 'decor au coq' plates from the west of Lorraine, in the area of the faienceries of Waly and Argonne, dating from around 1830. This interesting and heavy plate is in excellent condition, with just one glaze slip, but no other fault. The base has stilt marks.
Size: Diam. 23cm.
Ref: Y006 ~ NOW SOLD
Longwy French Faience Small Spill Vase
This pretty small Longwy vase is in pale blues, overlaid with a purple splashing from the foot. The top rim is outlined in blue. The base is stamped 'LONGWY' in blue, and bears an impressed number '3000'. The vase probably dates from around 1890-1900. The condition is generally very good, with some rubs and a minor repair to the rim, a tiny pinhole to the glaze, and a shallow chip to the base, none of which are immediately obvious.
Size: Height 9.5cm., max.diam. 5.5cm.
Ref: S041 ~ Price £15GBP
French Faience Martres Tolosane Rose Bouquet PlateA deep plate with a silver-shape rim and a decoration of manganese and yellow roses to the centre with other small flower sprays on the edge. It is thought to date from the late C18, and to be from the Martres Tolosane faiencerie which was influenced by other manufacturers in the south and south west of France, such as Montpellier and Montauban. The condition is very good and bright with rubs and chips to the rim, but no other damage.
Size: Diam. 22cm
Ref: S148 ~ Price £75GBP
Rubelles French Faience Emaux Ombrants Basket-Weave PlateThis Rubelles green emaux ombrants plate has a central motif of a garden landscape with a basket-weave border pattern. It is marked on the back with the early circular 'BREVET D'INVENTION ADT' mark, dating it to 1838-42.
It is in very good condition, with no chips or hairlines, but with some darkening of the central glaze, and a slightly warped shape.
Size: Diam. 23cm.
Ref: R074 ~ Price £35GBP
Rubelles French Faience Emaux Ombrants Lobed Plate
This Rubelles plate with its ten-lobed rim has a clearly defined 'emaux ombrants' centrepiece of a young 'aristo' drinking, and a series of decorative borders. The back is marked with the early mark, 'BREVET D'INVENTION A.D.T.' in a circle, dating its manufacture to 1838-42. It is in excellent condition,with only light usage scratches, no dark patches to the centre, and no chips or cracks to the rims.
Size: Diam. 22cm
Ref: S140 ~ Price £30GBP
Vieillard French Faience Oriental Design Vase c1880This delightful Vieillard earthenware vase is decorated in relief enamelling on a ground pattern of blue scales. The oriental design is of straps and flowers in cartouches. The vase is in very good undamaged condition, with only a little discolouration on the inside top edge. It bears the impressed marks to the base '403' and 'B', and the marks 'D216' and '06' painted in black, and dates from c1880.
Size: Height 10.5cm., width 9.5cm., depth 4cm.
Ref: T013 ~ Price £55GBP
Early Gien French Faience Rouen Decor PlateA deep silver-shaped plate with a carefully delineated design of a 'corne d'abondance', flowers, bird and butterfly, with hand-finishing. The colour is very good, bright and sharp, but there are damages, consisting of rubs and chips to the rim with several deep into the body clay. Nonetheless it displays well. There are no hairlines. This is, moreover, an early piece with an unusual blue backstamp (second picture), which has some characteristics of those of the 1850's, although the design is listed as beginning in 1860.
Size: Diam. 24.5cm.
Ref: N132 ~ Price £30
French Faience de l'Est 'Birds in Branches' Plate
This bright Faience de l'Est plate, from the middle of the 19thC. has a traditional design of birds in a landscape, often attributed to Les Islettes. The birds are brightly coloured in pink, blue and yellow, with black eyes, against bright green foliage. Garlands on the borders of the plate are in similar colours. The plate is unmarked, and is in excellent condition,
with just a few rubs to the pink-tinged rim.
Size: Diam. 23cm.
Ref: X014 ~ NOW SOLD
French Faience Montereau Pictorial Plate 'La Lecon'This fine transfer printed plate in shades of brown on a cream base is a Montereau production dating from 1825-33, when the faiencerie was under the control of the Societe Louis Lebeuf and Etienne Thibault. On the reverse it bears the impressed mark 'LL&T Montau' and the printed mark 'Louis Lebeuf Montereau'. The scene depicts a mother giving her daughter instruction in needlework in a garden setting, and is entitled 'La Lecon'. The complex flowers and fruit rim decoration is very similar to the 'Grapevine Border' on English plates of this period. The condition is very good indeed, with no chips or cracks, only some slight scratches to the interior and rubs to the base, indicating usage.
Size: Diam. 21cm.
Ref: P029 ~ Price £25GBP
Choisy French Faience Polychrome Plate
This attractive polychrome plate, No.5 of a series, depicts quarreling military outside an inn. The border, outlined in blue, is of floral branches in relief. The back is marked ' H&B manufacture de 1/2 Porcelaine de Choisy' stamped in black, and impressed, 'Porcelaine de Choisy'. The plate dates from 1843-63 and is in very good, unrestored condition, with one small area of enamel loss.
Size: Diam. 21cm.
Ref: Q003 ~ Price £45GBP
St. Clement French Faience Strawberry Dish
This attractive St Clement faience strawberry dish has compartments for strawberries and cream. It is decorated with a design of a cornucopia, various flowers and buds, the flowers being repeated on the outside of the dish. It bears the painted St. Clement entwined mark 'SC' in manganese, and dates from the end of the 19th.C. The condition is very good with just one neat repair to a chip on the inner edge of the cream compartment.
Size: Max.diam. 25cm., depth 7cm.
Ref: Q018 ~ Price £30GBP
Nevers French Faience Early 19thC. Bird PlateThis early plate depicts a yellow and blue bird standing on a mound beneath palm trees, and is a typical Senly, Nevers production of the early 19thC. It is heavy and shallow in shape, with white crackelled enamel over a brick-type clay body. The subject is naively painted, and is instantly recognisable as being from Nevers. Condition is good, with bright clear colours, the only damage being some loss of enamel on the rim edge and through to the back.
Size: Diam. 22cm.
Ref: J428 ~ NOW SOLD
French Faience Lille 'David Teniers' Pictorial PlateThis French faience plate has a pleasant painted representatuion of a David Teniers (Flemish painter 1610-90) peasant scene. It also has a printed backstamp 'Lille' and an impressed mark (see blow-up picture). We understand that the plate is a late 19thC. production, not to be confused with the much finer 18thC. Lille pieces. It is, however, in very good condition, with no damage, and displays well.
Size: Diam. 26.5cm.
Ref: K638 ~ Price £20GBP
Choisy Early French Faience Fine ' Fatted Calf ' Plate
This early, c1820, black on white plate is one of a series depicting stories from the Bible. It features Rueben, in 18th.C dress, killing the fatted calf. The condition is very good, with only some slight discolouration on the border, and no chips, cracks or hairlines. The reverse bears the impressed mark 'CHOISY', used between 1806 and 1824, and the number '4'.
Size: Diam. 21cm.
Ref: Q085 ~ Price £30GBP
Creil French Faience Fine Early Classical PlateThis early black on white plate depicts the scene from classical history of Cincinnatus being called to the aid of Rome in 465 B.C. The print is based on an 18th.C. Le Notre engraving, which includes the word 'Cincinnatus' in a scroll. The reverse of the plate bears the impressed marks 'CREIL','7' and a cross, dating it to c.1825. It shows signs of usage, with some minor stains, rubs and crackling, but the picture is in very good, clear condition, and the plate has no chips, cracks or restoration.
Size: Diam. 22cm.
Ref: R157 ~ Price £30GBP
H. Boulenger et Cie French Majolica Dessert DishThis three-lobed majolica dish has a main body colour of creamy-white which provides a pleasing contrast to the decoration of relief-moulded fruit, attractively coloured apples and leaves. the dish, with its deep base rim, is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or restoration, and is stamped in black on the base 'HB & Cie Choisy-le-Roi France', dating it to around 1900, and probably manufactured for the export market.
Size: Diam. 21.5cm., depth 2.8cm.
Ref: K425 ~ Price £15GBP
Creil & Montereau French Faience Military 'Lanciers' Plate
This faience fine plate, captioned 'Lanciers', depicts French Lancers, mounted and unmounted. It is in excellent condition, with no faults, and bears the impressed mark 'Creil' and the circular printed mark 'Creil et Montereau', after the union of the two faienceries under the label 'Lebeuf Millet & Cie' c1840.
Size: Diam. 20.5cm.
Ref: N269X ~ Price £25GBP
Creil & Montereau French Faience Military 'Carabiniers' PlateThis companion plate to the 'Lanciers' plate is captioned 'Carabiniers', and again bears the mark 'Creil' (impressed) and the printed mark 'Creil et Montereau', dating it to c1840. It is in excellent undamaged condition.
Size: Diam. 20.5cm.
Ref: N269Y ~ Price £25GBP
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