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A beautiful piece of fine French majolica/barbotine, it dates from 1890 and comes from Avignon, France.
The ever-so-French design features two handsome roosters on the front and back center panels. The figures are in 2-D, with intricate detail of the feathers, plumes and facial features. Each charming rooster, head cocked to one side, stands in a grassy field, surrounded by pink blossoms and green leaves. Two mocha brown arabesques frame these panels, with a central green cartouche placed where they meet. The handles repeat this arabesque design and rest on a deep navy shell-shaped cartouche. Green leaves and brown stems fill in the spaces of the panels under the handles. The foot of this piece is glazed in butterscotch yellow.The top of the cache pot has a fanciful curvy shape, following the lines of all four panels.
The interior is pale turquoise. The original pottery piece number is visible though the glaze on the inside, and the mold number is stamped on the bottom.
It measures:8 1/4" at highest center point on the front/back panels, 8 1/2" diameter across at the top, 5" diameter across the foot. The inside measures 8" deep and the body (including the handles) circumference is 26".
It is in very good condition, with no noticeable cracks or chips. There is normal crazing in consistency with age.
It is one of our favorite majolica pieces, with both the design and form combining to a create a strikingly beautiful piece.
Antique French Majolica Cache Pot
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings