Antique French Majolica Asparagus Server
We are pleased to present another 'piece de resistance' from the collection of majolica ('Barbotine' in French) plates and serving pieces we recently acquired and have been listing in our shop.
This server is an emblematic piece of the type...truly one of the 'Holy Gail' pieces for the collector of old asparagus Majolica.
This Antique French Majolica Asparagus server was made by Luneville around the turn of the last century from about 1885 to about 1915. Although this piece is not marked, it is well documented that Luneville was indeed the maker of this particular piece and that is documented in the definitive work on the subject, "Artichaut and Asparagus en Barbotine' by Maryse Bottero. This piece is illustrated on page 26 and on the back cover.(see last photo)
This rare server, in two parts, lid and strainer ('egouttoir'), is a 'trompe d'oeil' bunch of asparagus wrapped in artichoke leaves. The under-plate is formed of more leaves and spears of asparagus.
This piece measures in total approx. 14 inches long, 10 1/2 inches wide, and 9 inches tall, all measurements including the under-plate.
This service is in excellent antique condition with cracks and only one miniscule chip on the inside of the lid. Otherwise there is only some expected light 'crazing' and some slight discoloration of the glaze one almost always finds on these pieces. Overall the condition is excellent antique with the glaze bright and crisp making this piece superb for display.
A very fine and rare piece of French Asparagus Majolica for collectors...
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FRENCH VINTAGE LINENS AND ANTIQUES