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This rare piece exemplifies the playfulness and unique design of French Quimper pieces.
Each lady shares the same figure below the waist. The blue striped skirt has wide panels of blue flowers with yellow-orange centers. Each lady is identical. They carry large baskets (for holding table salt). Their upper dresses are ornamented with orange and green polka-dots. Each wears a cross around her neck. Their expressions are simple, they look straight ahead. Each has a very wide brimmed bonnet decorated with blue stripes and a yellow striped center band.
The figure is interesting fro the side......the arms are one long piece and you can only see the sides of the two bonnets.
This type of pottery has been produced in France for over 300 years. This piece is lovingly hand painted in the tradition of this grand pottery line. There are makers marks on the inside bottom of the figure, the signature of the painter and factory. The date 1792 is written across the bottom of the piece, but it dates somewhere during the 20th century.
The figure measures:5 1/4" tall, 3" circumference at the bottom, 5 3/4" wide from basket to basket. It is in very good condition, with no noticeable cracks or chips. The colors remain rich and brilliant.
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French Quimper Selier (Salt Cellar)
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings