It is rare to have a matching pair, these LeFront pieces will be an invaluable addition to any collection of antique French Barbotine. These two have a wonderful village scenes that has so much depth it almost gives a three dimensional look. The village has beautiful buildings with high peaks. The artist has added people within the scene. The upper portions of the vases have a wonderful cloud motif made up of blues, creams and white colors. Around the lower portions he has chosen deep browns and blacks representing the ground. The artist has signed the vases with looks like. E. Nodviant but it is hard to tell for sure. He has added beautiful green trees around the remainder of the vase area. There are no cracks or major chips. There are flakes to the slip glaze so please see pictures for condition.
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 onward, 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 color 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 molds 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 and inter-locking TLF and number 7 ~ 309 in green
Measures: 12" H x 6 1/2" W one weighs 4lbs & other 4 ¾ lbs.
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Exquisite Pair of large 12" Faience Vases ~ Barbotine Slip ~ Decorated with Mountain Village Scenes ~Theodore LeFront – Fontainebleau France 1835 – 1893