Pair of 18th Century French Faience Green and Orange Dishes with Figures



A set of two 18th century French faience plates. These plates, while not a matching pair, certainly go together nicely as they are the same size and painted in the same style. The first plate, mustard yellow on white ground, features a stylized bird. The second plate has a small figure in a landscape and is painted in a light green. Both plates have scalloped rims and floral motifs throughout.

These plates are painted in the style of the Samadet manufactory, which operated in Southwest France from 1730-1840. Our plates share many of the attributes of Samadet faience, namely the natural scenes done in a grotesque chinoiserie style, the camaieu colors, and the flanking motifs around a central figure. Most Samadet pieces are not signed, and their makers have remained anonymous.


Dm 9.75 in. x H 1 in.


Minor separation of glaze around rims and on backs, likely from original firing.


$1,600 for the pair. Can be purchased individually for $800 each.


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.


“French Faience” by Jeanne Giacomotti, page 178.

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