Creil Montereau Mod. "Japon" Set of 4 French Dinner Plates with Sauces and Tray


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We kindly suggest that you read the entire description, as with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. A particular and valuable set of 4 plates and a tray; the plates have a hollow under the rim that has the function of holding sauces, oil, or spices for specific dishes; the tray is of good size and proportionate in shape; all items are decorated with "transferware" technique. Transferware, which was very fashionable in the Victorian period, refers to glazed and decorated pottery with a specific treatment that they produced in Staffordshire England; they used copper plates on which the design was engraved, the plate was then inked and the design transferred to a special fabric that was later placed on the pottery (plates, trays, tureens, etc.) which was glazed and fired; the first to use this printing process were John Sadler and Guy Green of Liverpool in 1756. The mark on the bottom indicates to us that the wares were made between 1890 and 1895 in the French department of Oise, Upper France by the prominent Creil-Montereau firm. The name of the decoration is "Japon," in fact the magnificent and delicate design depicted on the service consists of two floral motifs, a cherry tree and a plum tree, an enclosure, and half of a stylized chrysanthemum flower, the border of each item has an alternating band of medallions with floral motifs inside. A beautiful example of the Japanese movement of the late 19th century, this extremely fine decoration is one of the most beautiful of the production of this period and an emblematic model of the Creil-Montereau firm. Impressionist painter Claude Monet was greatly influenced by Japonism, which was very popular at the time, and was one of the painters who drew unique compositions from ukiyo-e prints, but he also loved Japonism on his table; in fact, he used Japon series plate services daily in his Giverny home. Creil (Oise) Pottery, so famous that it was mentioned by Gustave Flaubert in "Sentimental Education," was founded in 1797. After several bankruptcies, the manufactory took off in the early 19th century, no doubt thanks to its new owner, Saint -Cricq Casaux, and the arrival of Jacques Bagnall as director; After several corporate changes, the manufactory became 1816 owned by one man, Charles Gaspard Alexandre Saint Cricq, known as Saint Cricq Cazaux, brother of Francois Charles. Starting in 1819 the merger with the Montereau manufactory, strongly desired by Saint-Cricq Cazaux, would take place. The production of the two pottery factories was then similar until 1895 when the factory closed following a fire; until then the company offered objects of the highest quality. Creil et Montereau production continued until 1920. Between 1920 and 1955 the marks indicated "Hippolyte Boulanger Creil et Montereau" (HBCM) and production were of very low quality. The firm closed permanently in 1955. In 1970 the site where the factories evidently became interesting for something else and, probably crammed as it was (the archives, the molds, etc.), it was considered easier to demolish it, so it was not possible to safeguard the very few vestiges of this manufacturing activity that had made so many local families live in the previous two centuries. Plate measurements diameter cm.24, height cm.3, tray measurements length cm.42, depth cm.29, height cm.4. The items are in good condition, only under one plate there is a small chip (see photo). For all our shipments we use special packaging materials (wooden crates, styrofoam, etc.) for maximum protection and safety of the objects.

Current list price: €300,00

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19th century (1800-1899)
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Dimensions (cm):
4H x 42W x 29D
Dimensions (inch):
1,57H x 16,54W x 11,42D
Creator / Artist:
Creil et Montereau
Good; The items are in good condition, only under one plate there is a small chip (see photo).
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