Large Charger Hand-Painted with Cloisonné Enamels by Longwy, France, 1930-1955
A hand-painted charger decorated with cloisonné enamels* in a brilliant combination of the Art Deco and Chinoiserie styles. The colors are splendid: the bright turquoise-blue ground is filled with pink and purple flowers, green and yellow leaves, and orange berries. In addition, the front of the charger is decorated with a subtle crackle glaze, and the turquoise ground on the charger’s back is decorated with a pronounced crackle glaze in the Chinese tradition. The underside of the charger has impressed makers marks “Decoré à la Main” (Hand-Painted) “EMAUX DE LONGWY.” These marks were in use at Longwy from 1930 to 1955. Also impressed are the shape and style numbers 1641 and 5686.
Dimensions: diameter 12.75″
*Definition of “Enameled”: Overglaze enameling is a method of decorating pottery. The colored decoration is applied on top of the already fired and glazed surface and then fixed in a second firing at a relatively low temperature. The colors fuse onto the glaze, so the decoration becomes durable.
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