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French Plate with Pierrots - Keller & Guerin Luneville France - 1900 - 1920
I've pondered this delightful plate for some time now and still am not sure of the significance of the three Pierrots who seem to be fleeing from a mysterious shadow-figure of a man with a fedora and a walking stick, one of them caught on a tree branch in his haste. Perhaps this is illustrating a French fable, as there definitely seems to be a narrative of some sort; I just don't know, but it is certainly a quintessentially French scene. Curious and mysterious, with more than a soupcon of drama thrown in.
This intriguing piece was made to be displayed, with two original holes in the foot for hanging. The overall gray-green is kissed by a gentle glow of pink and yellow in the background, and encircled by a simple rim of gold.
Condition is great with only a bit of wear to the gold, and some expected overall crazing, only apparent on the back. There are a few glaze pops from the manufacture, with one small area of roughness, approximately 1/4", perhaps an adhesion or some kiln debris caught in the glaze. Measures 10" in diameter. The particular version of the Keller & Guerin mark on the back of this charger was used from 1900 to 1920.
This is a wonderful piece, evocative of the energy and abandon, the artistic creativity blooming in all of the arts in France at the turn of the 19th C into the 20th. Perfect to hang in that spot where you have a moment to muse. Indulge.
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