A beautiful piece of Antique French Faience, hand pressed and mold made sometime between the mid 19th C and early 20th C. The center is hand painted with an exuberant riot of blooms and a perky little bird, while two of the cartouches around the border display a pair of super insects... just wonderful... I always love insects as decorative elements.
When I first saw this piece I wondered if it might possibly be Italian, but I have consulted with Walter Del Pellegrino, author of several books on Italian Pottery which I highly recommend, and it is his opinion that this charger is French, and as I describe it. He feels the shape of the piece is French rather than Italian, and that the insect motif also suggests a French origin.
Condition is very nice antique condition, with numerous small glaze losses around the perimeter and high points of the molded design that are typical on this type of soft tin glazed pottery. Nothing that compromises it's appeal or beauty, please look at the pictures. I have not been able to identify the hand painted, under glaze maker's mark on the back of this piece; if you can, I'd appreciate an e-mail (E-mail shop owner link at left). Measures a whopping 14 1/4" in diameter. It is a stunning piece.
This cheerful piece will brighten up a breakfast room... I can already smell the coffee and croissants! Or bring the charm of an abundant field of wild flowers to your French Provincial dining room. Enjoy!