A rare faience triple spice box dish made by Moustiers in the mid-18th century. The piece is made of faience (tin glazed pottery) in two parts. The bottom is made up of three compartments sitting on three claw feet. The top consists of a round knob and three covers which fit perfectly over the bottom compartments but can be rotated in order to access the spices.
The decoration is polychrome painted in soft colors of yellows and browns with touches of green and light blue, showing putti among clouds, flower sprigs, and along the edges green and yellow dashes. The spice box displays perfectly and works perfectly.
This is a very rare form which was made by the early French faience makers at Moustiers, but the form was also made in porcelain at Meissen. It is a very rare shape and hard to find. On the bottom the piece is marked “OL” dating the box to Moustiers between 1739-1749.
Excellent. Un-retouched excellent original condition with a small chip to one of the claw feet and a few small frits to the edges.
For a similar example see: “Les Faiences Moustiers Sevres Musee National de Ceramique” Illustration 85 page 114.
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