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  • Blue and White Delft Tulipiere or Tulip Holder C-1870


    This blue and white Dutch Delft tulipiere or tulip holder shows a lovely romantic scene.
    We see a shepherdess delicately walking onto a stepping stone at the stream’s edge.
    The reverse shows sandy dunes and sailing ships gliding by in the water beyond.
    The foot of this tulipiere is oval-shaped and decorated with a lattice-work design in cobalt blue.
    The overall effect is marvelous!
    The tulipiere was made in the last quarter of the 19th century, circa 1880. It measures 10.5″ across x 9.5″ tall x 3.5″ deep.
    Condition: Overall, the tulip holder is in excellent condition with a single small flake-shaped chip on the inside of the unglazed foot (see image #5)
    Price $2,400
    Five-finger tulipieres are a traditional Dutch Delft form that originated in the 17th century.
    Background of Dutch Delft tulipieres:
    A Delft tulipiere or tulip-holder is a vessel to grow or display tulips.
    Typically they are constructed to accommodate one single flower per spout with a shared water reservoir.
    During the 17th through 19th centuries, tulipieres were used in prosperous homes to display tulips. In addition, they were popular pieces of decorative art.

  • Strasbourg Faience Dish by Paul Hannong, circa 1755


    This 18th-century faience dish was hand-painted in the factory of Paul Hannong in Strasbourg, France.                                                                                                             The flowers are exquisite!
    Paul Hannong, and his brother Joseph, were known for the fabulous flower painting on their faience.                                                                                                                  This finely painted plate was decorated with gorgeous flowers in the mid-18th century, circa 1755.                                                                                                    The border of the dish is molded with six slightly lobed panels.                                                                                                                                                                                               The edge is painted dark brown.
    French faience of this type was used at the court of Louis XV as part of elaborate meals and displays.
    .The dish’s underside is marked in underglaze blue with Paul Hannong’s “IH” cipher over “90” written in brown (see images).
    An oval dish decorated with similar hand-painted flowers can be found in Christie’s auction on May 29, 2001, Auction 2507 EUROPEAN CERAMICS, DUTCH DELFTWARE, AND GLASS Lot 165. It is attributed by Christie’s to Paul Hannon.
    Dimensions: Diameter 9.5.”
    Condition: Excellent
    Price: $520
    Background of French Faience
    Faience, or tin-glazed and enameled earthenware, first emerged in France during the sixteenth century, reaching widespread usage among elite patrons during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
    Faience is distinguished by the opaque white color achieved by adding tin oxide to the glaze. French faience is typically divided into two types. Grand feu (high fire) describes pieces decorated with glaze and metallic oxides before being fired a single time at a high temperature of around 1650°F (900°C). Petit feu (low-fire) faience refers to a process whereby the clay body is fired before glazed, decorated with metallic oxides, and then fired at a lower temperature. The lower firing temperature of petit feu faience enabled greater precision in painting techniques and greater variety in the range of colors.

  • Pair French Faience Dishes Made circa 1780


    We are pleased to offer these two 18th-century French faience light-hearted dishes painted with figures. The first plate, mustard yellow on a white ground, features an amusing stylized bird. The second plate light green on white ground shows the “Walking Man” a favorite theme of 18th-century European faience and Delft. Both plates have scalloped rims and similar floral motifs throughout. While not a true pair, the two dishes work well together as they are identical in size, the colors compliment each other and the style of painting is similar. They are an amusing and eye-catching pair. Our plates share many of the attributes of faience painted in Southwest France between 1730-1840: the natural scenes decorated in a chinoiserie style, the camaieu colors, and the flanking motifs around a central figure. Like our dishes, most of this type of faience was not signed, and the makers have remained anonymous.        References: “French Faience” by Jeanne Giacomotti, page 178.       Dimensions: diameter 9.75 inches               Condition: Excellent.                  Price: $700 for the pair.                             Each plate can be purchased individually for $400 each.

  • 18th Century French Faience Puppy Made in Rouen Circa 1760


    WHY WE LOVE IT: Her attitude!
    We are pleased to offer this 18th century Rouen Faience figure of a puppy naturalistically modeled, painted with floppy ears, bulging eyes, and a topknot. He is seated on a green rectangular base. This charming puppy will make a wonderful addition to any dog lover’s home. Requiring little care except for an occasional dusting.

  • Pair of Large Antique Luneville Lions, France c.1800

  • French Faience Dessert Dish with Peacock


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