French Faience Dish with Exotic Bird


A French faience dish from the early 19th century with an exotic bird and underglaze colors of green, red, and yellow. A wonderful piece for starting a collection of faience!


Dm 9.125 in. x H 1.125 in.


Very good. Minimal wear to rim. Small area of paint loss on leaf.




Faience is the French answer to delft and maiolica (majolica): it is tin-glazed earthenware that originally sought to imitate Chinese porcelain. However, it soon gained popularity as a ceramic in its own right. Faience was introduced to France in the second half of the sixteenth century by Italian immigrants. The French word “faience” derives from the northern Italian city of Faenza. Faience decoration draws inspiration from multiple sources, including Italian ceramics, Asian porcelain, and even contemporary engravings.

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