A faience jardinière, Nevers, circa 1680-1690.

The heavy campana-shaped body is painted in white enamel on a deep bleu persan ground, the upper half with two lobed panels painted in Chinese ‘Transitional’ style.

The panels are reserved on a ground of feathery scrolls, the lower section of the vessel moulded with heavy gadroons above an annulated foot.

The gadroons are embellished with feathery scrolls similar to those on the upper zone; the sides applied with bold acanthus leaf scroll handles rising from satyr’s mask terminals.

The footring is unglazed and exposes the warm sandy-coloured granular body, 47.3cm high, 61cm wide.

Nevers, in central France, was a centre for the manufacture of faience, or tin-glazed earthenware, from the 1ate 16th to the early 19th Century.

After a period of decline, there was a revival later in the 19th Century.


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