This hand-painted blue and white faience jardiniere was produced in Gien, France, during the 1860’s.
Gien is a small commune about 100 miles South of Paris that is very well known for its faience manufacturers. The faience items produced in these factories are famous for detailed and colorful hand-painted designs.
Our large jardiniere has been painted in blue and white camaieu style (meaning multiple shades of the same blue). The four feet are decorated with acanthus leaves and terminate in scrolls, which is known as roquillard style. The two handles are likewise depicted as large, curled acanthus leaves, painted in a rich dark blue. The jardiniere features a stylized “MT” monogram on both sides, suggesting that this piece might have been a commissioned work. The rim and the base have been adorned with a small, looped pattern, and emanating from the repeating loops is a series of floral margents. The painted flowers encircle the jardiniere and are also painted on the interior below the rim. The underneath side of the planter bears the distinctive mark of Gien, indicating that it was produced from 1860-1871.
You can use this lovely French faience jardiniere for indoor plants, yet it is versatile enough to be displayed as an accessory or used as a decorative bowl.
CONDITION: Good antique condition. Wear commensurate to age and use with minor fading, rubs, and scuff marks