The plate shows a young woman frying possibly donuts, (maybe apple fritters) according to the Sarreguemines Museum of earthenware. A basket with the peelings is lying on the ground by the fryer. The children have thrown their school books down and are hoping that she will give them some. The cats are also waiting in hopes that some scrapes may fall to the ground. The museum says the sign says; "Icy was not good fried cat is not (designed)" since this was translated from French I think we must have lost something in the translation! The piece was designed by Froment-Richard aka Antoine-Albert Richard. He has placed his backward FR initials on the plate at the bottom of the sign. No chips or cracks. IT IS RARE TO FIND ANTIQUE FAIENCE IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
Backstamp: SARREGUEMINES WITH A D V RUNNING THROUGH THE CENTER. THIS MARK WAS USED STARTING IN 1881, WHICH STANDS FOR SARREGUEMINES, DIGOIN AND VITRY-LE-FRANCOIS (P V). IMPRESSED 2H
Measures: 8 3/4”
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