19th Century French Napoleon III Black and White Ceramic Plates, Set of 12
Use this elegant set of twelve antique plates to serve appetizer or desert to your guests! Crafted by Leboeuf et Thibault in Montereau, France, circa 1880, each hand painted ceramic plate features funny courting scenes or anecdotal daily events with French wording; each plate is further embellished with floral decor around the rim. The Napoleonic plates are in excellent condition with a rich black and white patinated finish. Stamped in the back for further authentication. One of the plates has a hairline crack on the bottom(see last picture).
Creil-Montereau faience is a faïence fine, a lead-glazed earthenware on a white body originating in the French communes of Creil, Oise and of Montereau, Seine-et-Marne, but carried forward under a unified direction since 1819. Emulating the cream ware perfected by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s, and under the artistic and technical direction of native English potter entrepreneurs, the faience of Creil-Montereau introduced the industrial technique of transfer printing on pottery in France and raised it to a high state of perfection during its peak years in the 19th century.
Measures: 8.25″ diameter.
Late 19th Century