The beautiful Barbotine basket / jardinière / centerpiece is breathtaking. It has branch handles and a beautiful display of various flowers in beautiful colors on both sides. The background is a deep green black with lighter variations mixed throughout the base. Petals, buds, leaves and stems have been hand formed with the clay and applied in gross relief with the slipcasting method (please see definition below). A beautiful salmon, pink and yellow rose and a blue flower decorate one side and the other has a salmon and pink rose and blue flower. The flowers are surrounded by green leaves and stems . These roses are formed with the individual petals giving it a truly realistic look. The flowers and foliage give a continuous flow of decorations around the vases. There are petals and leaves with the usual minor chips or flakes. The flowers are all intact, which is remarkable. The main body of the piece is in excellent condition with no cracks. Considering the delicate nature of this piece and it's age we find it to be in remarkable condition. We can only post 9 pictures so if you would like more detail of the condition we would be happy to send you additional pictures. We can attribute this piece to Theodore LeFront because of a very similar pieces we have acquired in the past showing the impressed stamp on the bottom.
Rare in its form and colorations, this LeFront piece will be an invaluable addition to any collection of antique French barbotine.
Theodore LeFront began working with faience and porcelain in an atelier in Fontainebleau in 1860. He had several apprenticeships with various other porcelain ateliers until opening his own in 1872. Numerous exposition medals were awarded LeFront between 1866 and 1884 for his pieces.
Barbotine is the French for ceramic slip, or a mixture of clay and water used for molding or decorating pottery. In English the term is used for two different techniques. In the first, common from the Ancient World onwards, the barbotine is piped onto the object rather as cakes are decorated with icing, using a quill, horn, or other kind of nozzle. The slip would normally be in a contrasting colour to the rest of the vessel, and forms a pattern, or inscription, that is slightly raised above the main surface.
The second technique is a term for slipcasting, "couler en barbotine" in French. "Barbotine pottery" is sometimes used for 19th century French and American pottery with added slipcast decoration. Slip or barbotine is cast in moulds to form three-dimensional decorative sections which when dried out are added to the main vessel. Typically, these might be flowers, fruit, or small animals.
Backstamp: impressed number
Measures: 12" L x 7 ¼' H x 10
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