Large French Faience Sweetmeat / Hors D'Oeuvres Dish

Large French Faience Sweetmeat / Hors D'Oeuvres Dish

Code: FA0493


W: 32cm (12.6")H: 10cm (3.9")D: 32cm (12.6")


Large and unusual French faience trefoil sweetmeat dish decorated in polychrome enamels dating from the mid 19th century. It has 3 large round main sections with a fluted form, and meeting in the centre where it rises up with a moulded rose flower on top. Off this rose in loops around the centre and spreading out between each dish are finely modelled green glazed stems, each ending in a rose bud sitting in 3 further round dishes nestled between the larger bowls. The main bowls are rimmed in brown and hold different hand painted scenes, 2 depicting exotic birds in trees against a landscape. The third holds an armorial crest framed with floral sprays as are the smaller bowls around the buds and these are rimmed in blue.

Maker unknown, marked "Aprey" to the reverse in brown.

It measures 32cm (12 1/2") wide and 10cm (4") high. 

Condition is good with no significant damage, with quite a few small glaze losses as is common with tin glazed pottery and a couple of larger chips at the rims going a bit deeper into the clay.