We love these beautiful and so very elegant French faience pieces. This plate comes from Paris and bears the Gien mark from 1875.
The reputation of the Gien manufacturers is equal to those of Creil-Monterau, Sarreguemines and Longwy. This group of 19th century faience manufacturers employed talented ornamental painters, which enabled the creation of beautiful and unique pieces. They applied both designs from previous centuries and new designs to each piece.
This exquisite design begins with a 1" wide ring of golden leaves (interlocking). Two very fanciful dolphin fish "swim" at the bottom and two griffin birds "fly" in the sky. To cartouche flank the left and right of the central design. The central motif has two young men holding a large crown (Marquis) above a cartouche featuring a cherub riding a large dolphin in the sea. A "mask" face at the bottom of the design has a serene expression. The base of the plate is "fond blanc" or an ivory/white color. The design is done in rich golds, French and Prussian blues and olive green.
The back of the plate has two holes (with wire) for hanging. It bears the mark for Gien pieces dating from 1875. The plate measures: 10" in circumference. It survives more than 100 years in very good condition. Noted is only one very, very tiny chip in the outer edge glazing (to the left of top left griffin). The chip is consistent with age and not consequential at all to the condition of the plate. There is typical age crazing.
It is a spectacular example of the master work of the nineteenth century Gien factory.
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