Huge 18th C. Creamware Charger Or Platter, French Faience, Pont-aux-choux, Rare,
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Huge 18th C. Creamware Charger Or Platter, French Faience, Pont-aux-choux, Rare,:
An exquisitely colored and beautifully formed and decorated object for your 'high country' kitchen, your dining room, your mantelpiece...or anywhere you need a reminder that life is beautiful.
DIMENSIONS: 14 1/8" diameter x 1 3/4" deep.
If you spend ten seconds with this majestic piece, you will begin to smell generations of mind-bending coq au vin and every delicacy that the French kitchen is famous for.
CONDITION: study the photographs to your heart's content. They will give as clear and honest an idea of the items' condition as my photography skills will permit. No omissions are in any way intentional, and the photographs are meant to show the types of imperfection and wear present, not every last infinitesimal instance of same--so please be advised, if, after purchasing, the buyer finds an imperfection not represented in the photos, it cannot be grounds for return. I do believe the photographs show all or most surfaces of the pieces but you, the buyers, must be the judge of that and make it your business to augment your knowledge of the pieces with questions, which I shall be rigorous and speedy in addressing. I have noticed of late that not all Q & A's end up in the listings, though I always direct 100% of them there, and as that is beyond my control I can of course take no responsibility for it.
This exceptional, and exceptionally handsome object has been well and truly loved. Not just by me, though Heaven knows I have loved it dearly these past few years.
Persons desiring a more perfect example of this rarity may hold their breath and wait for more antiseptically preserved specimen to surface. Being a great fan of the colors violet and lilac myself, I hope you'll post photos of yourselves, because you will surely be purple in the face before you find it, though I warmly hope you do--and everything else your heart desires.
My ceramics are not, and never have been, perfect examples, but they are honest ones. They have presence, soul, and sweetness, like your grandmother, and I would no sooner trade this magnificent platter for a pristine example than I would trade my grandmother for Miley Cyrus. If you are one of the brotherhood or sisterhood of people for whom this sort of thing is manna, then this object is for you.
If, on the other hand, the very concept makes you snort in derision, and nervously shift in your Manolo Blahniks, and fidget with your Rolex,then my objects are not for you, and my sincerest recommendation is that you adjourn to your solarium, start a conversation with your frosty 19th century Apollo Belvedere about how imperfection gets on your nerves, and then have a gin and tonic, heavy on the gin.This charger came from the collection of Doris Duke, the beautiful American philanthropist. She lived and wrote in Paris after the war and I should imagine that is where and when she acquired it, along with a great many matching pieces, such as plates and gravy pots and a world-changing tureen, which I shall be offering separately.
The Pont-aux-Choux factory, which is best described by the lilting word faiencerie, was located near a bridge connected with the selling, or growing, or growing-then-selling, of vegetables, for which reason, when you research 18th century Pont-aux-Choux pottery, and I hope you will, and if you have Google, you will watch in delighted consternation as the translator function renders it as BRIDGE OF CABBAGE.
This is alarming and hilarious, like so much in collecting, dating, and dealing with the neighbors.
One wonderful reason for acquiring this charger and its associated pieces, all being listed as we speak, is that you will instantly have an unassailable reason to casually say faience and faiencerie (fay-ohnss) and (fay-ohnss-eh-ree) in front of your friends, or perhaps just for the benefit of the cat, who will surely enjoy it, especially if you praise the next mouse it lays on the door mat and really get specific.
Pont-aux-Choux is Pohn-toh-Shoo.
I am happy to answer all questions, but as I have misplaced my turban and crystal ball, please do pose them before offerding and do not expect me to read your mind. Study the photographs with extraordinary care. There aren't any others on , or on the entire Internet, by the way. So happy offerding.
And don't forget there are masses more of this exquisite service to come.
Think of the Pont-aux-choux "faience" as France's answer to English creamware AND English saltglaze stoneware. The body shape and decoration mimic the stoneware (with a bit of French rococo sexyness thrown in) and the glaze attempts to imitate the luster of English creamware....Happily, it far surpasses it with a honeyed, toasty, golden, creamy soulfulness that has never been bettered before or since. I adore English creamware but French faience is to English creamware what Placido Domingo is to Justin Bieber. I mean, honestly.On Jul-08-13 at 11:40:14 PDT, seller added the following information:
Please note that the last two photos show the group of creamware or faience from which this charger comes.
This is for reference only and this sale is for a single charger only.