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Antique French Majolica Wine Pichet
This little pichet or pitcher was used to measure an exact amount of table wine. It comes from Provence and dates from 1900-1910.
The beautiful colors and glazes of French majolica are well represented in this small piece. The front and back panels (flat) have a 2-D lion rampant in handsome ochers, mustard yellow and brown. He stands on a pale green background which has a waffle pattern. Radiating outward from the lion are repeating patterns of dots, circles and rectangles in shades of forest green and turquoise. The handle is patterned and is in a rich chocolate brown. The top band of the pitcher is olive green with a pattern of repeating circles and a rope braid edging. The bottom has a wider rope braid pattern in olive green. The interior is the classic and brilliant rose pink so popular in French majolica pitchers. There is a mark on the bottom but unidentified.
The pichet measures:4" tall, 2 3/4" in diameter at the bottom, 3 1/2" across the top (edge to spout edge), 5 1/2" across the middle (handle to opposite edge. It survives in very good condition, with no noticeable cracks or chips. The top edge around the lip has one tiny portion where the clay is left on top of the glaze.
It is spectacular small piece, with a large amount of personality.
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