This jardiniere is in the much coveted "fond noir" of the Gien production. The black background was not as often produced, making it more sought after by collectors today. This example (w/matching platter) originates from Paris and dates from the late 19th century.
The design is of the Italian Renaissance revival produced by the Gien Faienceries in France. The black background sets the exquisite and enthusiastic hand-painted allegorical and mythological figures of the design off to their best advantage. Two large 2-D handles are in the form a a Satyrs's mask. They are in a brilliant shade of cobalt blue. The jardiniere sits on a matching platter, which is ornamented in similar fashion to the bands of the top piece. Both pieces bear the Gien factory mark.
The pieces are in very good antique condition. There are no visible cracks to either piece. The Platter: there is very, very slight wear to the bottom rim of the platter (sitting portion) as expected with age. There is a tiny chip on the top outer rim (black portion just below a few black spots at yellow rim)...this is noticeable only when running a hand over the edge. The Jardiniere: there is a bit of color missing from the painted design (yellow stripe, just above the center)...this is original to the piece and was done before the glaze was fired on. The above mentioned are as expected with age in an authentic piece of faience.
It is large, measuring 8 1/4" tall, 10" in diameter, 32" in circumference. The plate measures 13 1/4" in diameter.
A magnificent example, it bears the fantastic design and rich colors so representative of this old French faience factory.
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