Wonderful antique green glazed plate with an impressed design and portrait of a young women manufactured by the Rubelles Pottery, France. The stamped intaglio process used to produce this plate was patented by Baron Paul de Bourgoing in about 1827 and was an early example of a type of lithophane. The plate listed here uses a colored green glaze that varies in translucency depending on the depth of the impressed design and resulting in the appearance of a molded pattern or printed scene. Instead of light coming through the ceramic body, this particular method uses the translucent glazes to create the same effect. The earliest examples of this type of impressed designs on earthenware plates, dishes, tiles and plaques are attributed to Baron Alexis du Tremblay and his Rubelles Pottery between 1842 and 1855. Baron du Tremblay was a close friend of Baron Paul de Bourgoing.
A green glazed plate with this same circular factory mark consisting of ‘BREVET ADT D’INVENTION’ and identical molded rim pattern but different central portrait is listed among the ceramic collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and accessioned under C.683-1909 (apparently it was donated to the V&A over 100 years ago). The V&A also attributes the plate to Baron Alexis du Tremblay’s Rubelles Pottery factory and the 1842 to 1855 period.
The identity of the woman depicted in the central portrait is currently unknown although her long hair, pearl necklace, lace fringed dress suggests some elevated social status or public figure (actress or ?). The background to the portrait seems to include a fallen Corinthian column leaning askew off to one side behind and another one more complete farther back but also slightly askew. The columns may be stage props in which case she is an actress or opera singer in the 1840s. If any viewer knows who this lady may be, please kindly drop me an email – thanks, Doc.
This style of decoration also seems to go under the label ‘emaux ombrants’ and was first perfected by the Rubelles factory and Baron du Tremblay. The Rubelles pottery started in 1827 or 1839 (exact date seems unclear) and closed in 1857 after which many of its molds were sold to other French potteries including the Sarreguemines Majolica factory, Choisy-le-Roi, and other factories. Emaux ombrants is apparently a French term that refers to the stamped intaglio motifs where colored glazes create the appearance of pattern or scene. Later examples were produced by these other potteries in the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s.
The plate for sale here is an early example of Baron du Tremblay’s intaglio process. It is in good condition with some wear but no chips or repairs (see full Condition Notes below). So if you are looking for a visually striking lithophane-like ceramic piece with known provenance from the factory that first perfected this process, then make sure you seriously consider this plate while it is still available. And as always, this green glazed plate also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This plate has a diameter of 8 5/8 inches across and stands about 3/4 inches tall along its outer rim. It weighs about 3/4 lbs and sits on a foot rim that measures about 4 3/4 inches across (diameter). As such, this plate is a nice size for displaying on a shelf, mantle, table top or in a hutch or china cabinet among other antique majolica and colored glazed wares from the 1800s and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: This plate is in good condition with just one very tight hairline at about the 11 o’clock position on the front of the plate but is really only noticeable upon close inspection on the back of the plate. The hairline is 1 1/4 inches long on the back side of the plate (see last photo where a pencil points to the hairline) and is slightly shorter on the front at about 1 inch where it is also much harder to locate. Beyond this, the plate has no chips, no other hairlines, no stains and no repairs or restorations. Some wear from storing and stacking the plate over the past two centuries is evident on the front of the plate, and it seems to simply enhance the other visual qualities of the intaglio motifs (see all photos). Of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this plate for a refund (see our complete refund policy noted below.
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