This is a rare example which is called "Tete d'homme". It dates towards 1900 and originates from an old and very extensive private collection.
The pitcher is a whimsical and very delightful piece. The man's face is very detailed with a slight smile. He looks downward at an imaginary scene or object. The has bushy upturned eyebrows, tufts of grey hair escape from his cap. He wears a white ruffle-collared shirt and his hat is jaunty, with stripes of crimson and green. The hat forms the top of the pitcher and the handle continues the lines of his hat.
The interior is the classic turquoise blue. This example is part of a series manufactured by the French Sarreguemines company at the beginning of the 1900's. The pichet measures: 7" tall at the handle, 6 7/8" tall at the spout. The base is 2 3/4" in diameter, the top opening is 3 1/2" x 4". The piece is marked "Majolica Sarreguemines 653" on the bottom.
It is in very good antique condition. There is normal "crazing" to the bottom.There is minute chipping as is expected with age. There is an outside (1") very slight hairline crack on the mid-fold of the top right section of the hat (does not run through to inside, crack to glazing only --see photo.) The inside has some discoloring in accordance with use with age. The colors of the piece remain bright and vibrant.
It is a rarely found piece and a fine example of the imaginative work of the well respected factory of Sarreguemines.
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Gilded Figural Bronze Accessories, Majolica, Engravings, Chocolate Molds