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Item:143168018280This is a gorgeous 19th-century French faience majolica footed asparagus serving platter/tray It has a heavy, thick clay body fired with a fine glaze.It features 13 asparagus blades in a basket. There is a well for the sauce at each side of the tray.The tray is decorated with green vines and blue flowerThe tray is 13 3/4" by 9 1/4" and it is 3 1/4" tall to the end of the basketIt is in good museum quality condition. There is two chips on under the rim and few small chips on the feet (cannot be seen when displayed).There is some crazing that is consistent with their age. There are few manufacturing defects on the back. Super addition to any collection and a wonderful display piece Exceptional collector’s piece. Would have a place in any china collection. Faience, or tin-glazed and enameled earthenware, first emerged in France during the sixteenth century, reaching widespread usage among elite patrons during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, prior to the establishment of soft-paste porcelain factories. Although characterized as more provincial in style than porcelain, French faience was used at the court of Louis XIV as part of elaborate meals and displays, with large-scale vessels incorporated into the Baroque garden designs of Versailles. Earlier examples of French faience attest to the strong influence of maiolica artists from Italy. Later works demonstrate the ways in which cities such as Nevers, Rouen, Lyon, Moustiers, and Marseille developed innovative vessel shapes and decorative motifs prized among collectors throughout Europe.While faience can be created from a wide mixture of clays, it is foremost distinguished by the milky opaque white color achieved by the addition of tin oxide to the glaze. French faience is typically divided into two types. Grand feu (high fire) describes pieces that have been decorated with glaze and metallic oxides before being fired a single time at a high temperature of around 1650°F (900°C). Petit feu (low-fire) faience, developed in the second half of the eighteenth century, refers to a process whereby the clay body is fired before being glazed and decorated with metallic oxides and then fired again at a lower temperature; pieces can also go through a third firing. Grand feu pieces have a more limited color palette that consists of blue, yellow, brown-purple, and green. By contrast, the lower firing temperature of petit feu faience enabled both greater precision in painting techniques and variety in the range of colors. Check out my other items! Be sure to add me to your favourites list!SHIPPING: Canada post. Shipping costs include shipping plus cost of packaging and insurance. We will combine purchases to save on shipping cost. We are pleased to offer Worldwide Shipping. Overseas Customers: Please contact us for a Shipping Quote Prior to Bidding. We will not cancel a transaction because of the shipping cost International Buyers Please Note: Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. We will open an unpaid case after four daysINTERNATIONAL BUYERS ONLY - if GROUND SHIPPING is your chosen option the delivery can take up to 10 weeks for Russia, Australia or Asia.!!! The item is sold as it is. Please review or contact us prior to bidding/buying !!!.Condition:Very good condition for its age, Original/Reproduction:Antique Original, Object Type:Platter, Color:Multi-Color, Pattern:Asparagus, Brand:Majolica, Style:Baroque
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Antique French Footed Majolica Asparagus Serving Platter Tray late 1800's