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Sarreguemines Barbotine Whimsical Asparagus Majolica Casserole
A whimsical majolica casserole in the style associated with the type of wares produced by the Sarreguemines factory during the latter part of the 19th century.
The Sarreguemines factory was founded in 1790 in the Lorraine region of France. Shortly thereafter, due to the poor economic situation, the factory was sold in 1800 to Francois-Paul Utzschneider. His entrepreneurship and expertise greatly increased the company’s production as well as their reputation, and they soon became known for their transfer printed wears. They launched their popular line of majolica pieces at the World Expo in Paris in 1876. Their production accelerated and soon they had a workforce of over 3,000 employees. During this time, due to the Franco-German war, Sarreguemines became part of Germany. Their majolica was of superb quality, especially the whimsical pieces so well beloved by collectors. The asparagus was always considered a specialty of Germany. The Sarreguemines factory recognized the importance of this vegetable and produced many of their masterful pieces of trompe l’oeil designs (fool the eye) to celebrate its popularity.
This casserole is typical of one of their famous Asparagus pieces typically found in the shape of a basket with the Asparagus wrapped on the top in a folded cloth napkin. The casserole is in very good condition with minor restoration to the tip of the cover, minor paint loss, and age related crazing.
Size 5 ½” H x 11” W (handle to handle).
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