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


Two 18th century French faience dishes painted with figures. The first plate, mustard yellow on a white ground, features an amusing stylized bird. The second plate light green on a 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 complement 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.


Dm 9.75 in. x H 1 in.


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


$1,400 for the pair. Can be purchased individually for $700 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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