An amusing example from an old production factory, it presents the figure of a little dog crawling out from a barrel in the form of a pitcher. It has provenance from an outstanding lifetime collection of French and Belgian Majolica.
This pitcher was produced by the Orchies Saint-Amand Hammage factory as part of a special figural collection. The Saint-Armand factory was in the north of France, very close to Belgium. It is a historical factory with many years of fine production.
The body of the pitcher appears as a wooden barrel which sits in tall grass. A small dog crawls over the top; an adorable spaniel with black ears. His black and white tail serve as the handle, his open "O" shaped mouth is the spout. The interior is of the classic deep rose color. The bottom has the mark "H 2".
It is in very good antique condition. There is small and slight chipping to the bottom rim and the tail edge as is expected with age. There is a 1/4" hairline crack at the top right (if you are looking from the tail portion of the pitcher straight on)of the tail/handle, this looks to be in the glaze and not throughout the entire handle. Otherwise no other wear of note is visible.
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Gilded Figural Bronze Accessories, Majolica, Engravings, Chocolate Molds