A supreme pair of large 19th century Ulysse Blois French Faience Vases with snake handles terminating in masked faces. The urns are decorated in the Renaissance style with a cobalt ground painted with classical masques, arabesques, and heraldic symbols. Pieces of Ulysse Blois are quite rare, as the output of this small but important Faiencerie was very limited.
The Ulysse Blois ceramic factory, located in the town of Cheverny in the Loire Valley region of France, was a small Faiencerie located near its namesake the Chateau de Blois. The chateau was a royal residence that was the scene of many important events in French history. The Blois factory was started in 1862 and existed until 1953. This faience was very renown by the French in the latter part of the 19th century, but the output was so limited, that it was hardly known or collected except by the residents and occasional visitors of Blois. Several gifted artists created the beautiful artwork found on many of its pieces, which often denote the heraldic arms from past royal residents of the Chateau. Emile Balon was one of the artistic geniuses that created many of the designs during the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century.
The vases are signed by the artist Emile Balon and are in excellent condition, quite a magnificent pair to showcase in any part of your collection.
Size: 15" Height x 12" Diameter.
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