I love French faience and especially Gien. Their earthenware pottery has been manufactured since approximately the 1820's on the Loire River. Gien is adept at reproducing other French pottery, as well as Delft and Japanese ware. However, Gien's most stunning pottery is incorporating the Renaissance designs of the Italian towns of Urbino and Faenza to their own design. This huge vase has a white background with mythological figures, garlands, putti, and snakes. The designs are outlined in brown. Large snakes are entwined for handles and twist around the sides of the vase, The top is outlined in blue. The shape is a double baluster on a small pedestal. It measures: 14-1/2" tall and 10-1/2" wide. The mark on the bottom is on page 160 of the book, "Gien Faience" by Bernard and Renard. It is a castle with a ribbon underneath and dates to 1866.
The white background is reported to be more rare. The condition is perfect.
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