19th Century French Napoleon III Black and White Plates from Gien, Set of 8
This elegant set of eight antique plates was crafted in France, circa 1870. Each hand painted plate with French wording illustrates a scene depicting the “life of a soldier”. All called “La Vie de Soldat”, each scene shows what soldier is able do achieve from ploughing to storyteller, to horse rider. Each plate signed Gien on the bottom. The Faïencerie de Gien is a ceramic factory in the Loire Valley, founded in 1821 by Thomas Edme Hulm. Amongst the many faience manufacturers in the 19th century, the reputation of Gien is equal to those of the factories of Creil, Longwy or Sarreguemines. Gien further developed the technique of emaux cloisonné, which originated in Longwy back in 1870. 8″ diameter.
|Dimensions||8" W x 8" D x 1" H|