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Antique French Dessert Plates Set of 4 ~Rebus Theme~
This is a group of 4 very old French faience dessert plates with cream ground
and fancy black and white borders.
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From the early 1800s until well into the 1900's, virtually every French home had at least one set of this sort of dessert plate. These plates provided 'entertainment' to the table after a traditionally long and copious meal. .
The four plates in this group are exceptionally old...all dating from around 1800 to 1825.
One sees decorating this type of plate, an almost endless variety of themes including the exploits of Napoleon and Joan of Arc, views of Paris , London or Lourdes, military and Bibical scenes, country scenes, French folk proverbs, trips to exotic places, 'la chasse' or hunting scenes, Aesops fables, a country marriage, and so on. Quite often the theme will be humourous in some way.
These plates feature 'Rebus' or picture puzzles which when worked out make a Wise Saying or 'maxim'.
Makers of this type of plate would include Luneville, Longwy, Creil et Montereau, Gien, St-Amand, Digoin et Sarreguemines, St Clement, Paillard et Hautin, Bordeaux-Vieillard, and H B & cie of Choisy-le-Roi.
The marks on the back of these plates tell us that they were made by Montereau between 1800 and 1825. We have verified this by visiting the 'Virtual Musee of Creil and Montereau where all marks of this manufactuer and the dates used are shown. The link is included below. http://membres.lycos.fr/creilmontereau/estamp.htm
For plates of their age, near 200 years, all these plates are in excellent antique condition. These plates have some minor spots of discoloration and some 'crazing' of the glaze, as well as occasional knife marks showing that they were actually used, but this gives them a sought-after antique 'patina.' None of these plates are cracked or chipped..
These plates measure 8 1/2 inches (22 cms) in diameter.
I have spent a number of years amassing this group and I am rather sad to let them go...they are truly rare, so that plates of this age with this theme are now highly collectable in France and worldwide.
This charming group hung together would make a highly sophisticated
and decorative French accent in an elegant home.
Our Etsy #0376
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