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c1880 French Rouen Faience Plates with English Coat of Arms
  • c1880 French Rouen Faience Plates with English Coat of Arms
  • c1880 French Rouen Faience Plates with English Coat of Arms
  • c1880 French Rouen Faience Plates with English Coat of Arms
  • c1880 French Rouen Faience Plates with English Coat of Arms
  • c1880 French Rouen Faience Plates with English Coat of Arms

c1880 French Rouen Faience Plates with English Coat of Arms

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£160.00


Product Description

A nice decorative pair of French Rouen Faience Pottery plates, from the mid to late 19th century.

The plates are decorated in blue, yellow, green, red and black on white tin glaze. Condition is good considering that faience is quite fragile. One of the plates does have a chip to the edge. They are, very unusually, decorated with the English Coat arms, consisting of the 3 lions passant, underneath a ducal crown. They were probably made for 19th century British tourists. The coat of arms of Normandy features 2 passant lions. It is believed it was used by the Normans in England until Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine (1152), who brought in the 3rd. It was their son Richard I Lionheart who first used the 3 lions.

The art of tin-glazed earthenware arrived in Rouen in the 16th century with one of the first French great masters of ceramics: Massot Abaquesne, a contemporary of Bernard Palissy. At first, ceramic and pottery works consisted of objects created for pharmacies, such as jars to keep pharmaceutical preparations, floor and wall tiles. It thrived in Rouen, copying the Chinese , Spanish and Italian Faenza wares.

Size: 25.5 cm (10 inches)
Weight: 1148 g

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