A French faience planter or bough pot modeled as a flower basket. The top has five openings for small bouquets of flowers or flower branches. It also has four smaller openings for single flowers. The upturned handles are in the form of branches with leaf terminals painted in a beautiful combination of turquoise, green and yellow. The top is painted a pale yellow.
Made in Lille, France at the beginning of the 19th century, circa 1820, and marked underneath with the fleur-de-lis, the emblem of the city of Lille. What makes this bough pot so wonderful is its delicacy and femininity.
European floral arrangements of the 18th century and early 19th centuries were dominated by French taste. Cultural and social life centered in the intimate rooms of Parisian townhouses. Arrangements of flowers therefore, were comparatively small, to be in scale with their setting. The more delicate coloring and lighter visual weight of these arrangements can be attributed in part to feminine taste. Interest in nature made floral arrangements an important part of a decorative scheme. The idea that flower decorations could be planned and designed in such a way as to heighten the quality of a room came to be widely accepted.
Faience is a type of earthenware of high quality, which is made to look like Chinese porcelain with its opaque white glaze. This glaze was for the first time developed in the 9th century in Baghdad and was introduced in Europe through Spain and Italy. In France this type of earthenware is called Faience. In the Netherlands it is called Delft blue or Delft. In the U.K. it is called English Delftware.
H 5 in. x W 9.75 in. x D 7 in.
Good. Expert invisible restoration to the green stock handles and the rims of the cover.
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