French Faience Dessert Dish with Peacock


A French faience dessert dish dating 1850. This dish features a peacock in a fantastical landscape. Its bright colors include magenta, green, yellow, and blue.


Dm 9.125 in. x H 1 in.


Very good. Very small areas of loss of overglass painting on wreath.




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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