Hand-painted in the 1600’s in France (most likely in or around Paris), this large blue and white faience platter features a scene depicting a stag hunt surrounded by a luxurious floral wreath on the raised lip. At the top of the platter, set amongst the flowers is a medallion of a foliate vase adorned with a heraldic display.
The well of the platter is illustrated with an active hunting party, including a horseman with sword in hand chasing a stag. The deer is surrounded by a pack of hunting dogs as it runs towards three more hunters ahead. There are two men with bows and arrows standing in front of a second horseman with a spear. At the bottom of the well, a lone dog has broken away, following a rabbit through some vegetation. In the background some birds fly over a jagged mountain range that has a village nestled at the foot of the tallest peak.
Three blue rings of varying width and consistency have been painted on the base (or underside) on top of a solid white background. A very old and beautiful example of authentic French blue and white faience, this platter could be paired with a stand for a center, side, or console table. It has also been rigged along the back with a small wire, allowing it to be hung on a kitchen or breakfast room wall.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with some small old repairs along the front rim. Craquelure, fleabites, and minor paint losses to the front and back. Wiring in the back allows the platter to be hung on a wall. Uneven paint in areas are likely an effect from exposure to heat.