Antique Joan Of Arc Faience Plate, Rare Perfect Example, Circa 1820 Diameter 21 cm, No Chips Or Cracks
Joan of Arc has always been considered a saint in France but was only actually made a saint in 1920. This lovely faience plate was made around 1820 and so it refers to her simply as Joan of Arc.
It is extremely rare to find commemorative plates of this age that are in perfect condition with no chips or cracks but with this one is perfect. Fortunately, it appears never to have been wall mounted using the ghastly wire fixings that have damaged so many of these beautiful items.
Many plates of this design were produced in France and are of varying quality but this one is excellent. It has two blue dots on the reverse for the artist's mark and although it has no factory mark I believe it cam from the Sarreguemines factory in the early part of the 19th century.
Soft porcelain or faience was produced at the factory in Sarreguemines from 1790 when Nicolas-Henri Jacobi together with two other partners set up the first factory despite the unfavourable economic climate. Jacobi then bought an oil mill by the river and transformed it into a stone-grinding mill. In 1794, Jacobi took over the molds and left-over material from the facility in Ottweiler a.d. Saar, which had stopped producing porcelain around 1770 shortly after being taken over by René François Jolly and Nikolas Leclerc in 1769.
Still, the difficulties in obtaining supplies of raw materials as well as the hostility and suspicion of local inhabitants remained. In addition to the competition from the large amount of English and French manufacturers, the upheaval caused by the Revolution finally forced Jacobi to give up.
It was a dynamic young Bavarian, Paul Utzschneider, who took over the factory in 1800 and produced new designs and techniques. The factory quickly became very popular particularly as Napoleon Banaparte was one of their best customers and ordered many pieces.
Currently another plate from this series is on sale on ruby lane for $140 but I was able to find this at a good price and so can offer this perfect example for much less.
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