A very attractive pair of barbotine vases, from the end of the 19th century, in the form of a boy and a girl street vendor from North Africa.
The girl is carrying a basket of fruit, the boy sells flat breads. The boy is wearing a red fez, traditional dress in Morocco and Tunisia. His shirt and the girl's scarf are of identical blue and white striped fabric, suggesting that they are brother and sister. The sister looks across at her brother, who is laughing at something he can see in the market. The figures are surrounded by giant flowers.
The vases are 11½" (29cm) high. They are in good condition apart from typical crackling to the glaze, and a small chip to the girl's purple shawl and to the base of the boy figure, as can be seen in the photographs. To the base they are marked with factory numbers.
A charming pair of French majolica vases. The 'boy' vase, with a slight variation (in that he is calling to someone rather than laughing), appears in 'Les Barbotines' by Pierre Faveton, published by Massin (France).