~ Late Victorian Sarreguemines Majolica Serving Dish ~
A nice late 19th century majolica serving dish, though not stamped or marked, we believe to be Sarreguemines pottery.
The Sarreguemines pottery was established about 1784 by brothers Nicholas-Henri and Paul-Augustin Jacobi and partner Joseph Fabry. The Sarreguemines factory produced most of the original tiles used during the construction of the Paris metro. Majolica was added to its production in the 1860s.
At the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War in 1874, Sarreguemines became German territory. In order to maintain the firm’s French nationality, two additional facilities were constructed in Digoin and Vitry-le-François.
This is a serving dish of rectangular form with integrated handles to each end.
It has moulded relief decoration of leaves and flowers in rich colours on a mottled brown and green ground.
~ Dimensions ~
The dish measures 20cm (8 inches) by 29cm (11 ½ inches).
It weighs 820g.
~ Condition ~
There is a protrusion to the base where during the manufacturing process the glaze when drying has formed into a drip or lump. This causes the dish to not sit quite level.
There are two hairline cracks to one edge, with chipping at the form of the crack and a chip to the opposite end.
There are a few marks to the centre of the dish, seemingly from the manufacturing process.
Overall the dish is in a nice condition and still presents well.