LATE 18TH- EARLY 19TH CENTURY ANTIQUE FRENCH QUIMPER HAND DECORATED FIGURATIVE. Early French antique decorated ceramic art. 9" in Diameter x 1 ½" Height. Offered for your review and careful consideration is this absolutely authentic and original late 18th to early 19th century antique French Quimper, wheel thrown, hand decorated, figurative ceramic plate, featuring a young female French maiden in provincial, period French peasant attire, with her arms outstretched, wearing a bodiced, long olive green dress, white apron, green and burnt umber blouse and gold sleeved blouse. She appears to be a redhead and she walks along an earthen path with flowers to her left and to her right.The circular edge of the plate is ringed with different colors and the sill of the plate is decorated with navy blue slip glaze in a repeating pattern all around the plate. This particular period antique French Quimper ceramic plate was one of four antique Quimper plates found in a greater Boston, Massachusetts estate, where the female owner was of Belgian descent who spoke Flemish and only relocated to the United States after marrying an American citizen at the end of the Second World War, with her American husband serving in the US Armed Forces in the epic international struggle against German Nazism, Italian fascism and Japanese imperialism. This antique plate hung in their Arlington, Massachusetts' home for over 50 years and was never removed from the nail upon which it hung on the wall of the kitchen of their well-appointed Arts & Crafts period home. The front and back ceramic surfaces are understandably crazed, with the ceramic glaze being crackled due to the normal fluctuations in heat and cold over time.
The plate is most likely at least two-hundred years old and possibly even older. It doesn't suffer from any fractures, significant material loss or other demonstrable damage to its structure or decorated surfaces.It does suffer from some very minor episodes of loss of glaze along the extreme margins of the plate's edge, which could be characterized and described as'glaze flakes. These are testament to the plate's age and antique pedigree.
This antique French Quimper decorated ceramic figurative plate is from the collection of a Belgian woman who lived with the plates in her family's home in Antwerp, Belgian, only to take them and all of her Flemish European furniture with her when she relocated and moved to the United States of America. It is unusual to find not only one but four of these over two-hundred year old, late 18th century plates here in a single estate in the United States. It is with real enthusiasm and excitement that I have the opportunity to offer this and the other three comparable French Quimper ceramic plates for sale to the public now. Gorgeous and with an available provenance.Simply magnificent and very rare. Good to Very Good overall vintage condition. The item "LATE 18TH-EARLY 19TH C ANTIQUE FRENCH QUIMPER HAND DEC. FIGURATIVE CERAMIC PLATE" is in sale since Saturday, January 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\European Pottery\French". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in Milford, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.