This gorgeous pair of lidded faience urns were hand-painted with detail in Desvres, France, circa 1880. Desvres is a small commune in northern France that is known for its ceramic productions. The underside of each urn has been marked with a cursive “FF” and “127”, indicating that they were produced by the Fourmaintraux Freres factory. The factory, which was founded in 1804, used this stylized mark from 1879-1887.
The urns have been painted with vibrant colors such as blue, green, and orange. The finials of the lids have deep blue backgrounds that are embellished with two rows of leaves that alternate hues between green, orange, and yellow. The remainder of each lid has a white background with a stunning display of interlaced vines that terminate in large floral margents of green, yellow, orange. The rims of each lid are painted with a blue background surmounted by large flowers and sinuous medallions adorned with flowering trumpet vines and scroll motifs.
The bodies of the urns have entwined vines that curl into bright flowery margents. On the thickest part of each body, there are three draperies with diapered background and festooned with fringe and bells. The base of the urns is encircled in a bright yellow ring.
These large lidded faience urns from France will be the focal point of any surface they are placed upon.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with fleabites and minor buildup. One urn has an old repairs as seen in photos. Minimal craquelure to both urns.