Tobacco jar with lid, stoneware or grès, Belgian coat of arms, Art Nouveau.
H 23cm W 20cm
The motto “Unity is strength” was used at the First Independence in 1790 by Van der Noot and Vonck; a liberal Catholic union. This expression “Union is strength” was adopted and pronounced by the Regent Erasmus-Louis Surlet de Chokier during his swearing-in ceremony on February 25, 1831. It is not a question of unity between the language communities of the country, as this motto is often interpreted today through ignorance of history. In 1789, it was the union of the Catholic and liberal tendencies of the predominantly francophone bourgeoisie in the north and in the south, unionism, that came to power after the revolution10. This motto, which will be engraved in the center of the parliament, expresses the need to unite in a state that is still fragile and threatened by the armies of William I of the Netherlands.
Shown is a rare large tobacco jar with lid made of stoneware. This mass is covered with a creamy white glaze. Most striking are the two oval cartouches with brown ground layer in which the Belgian small coat of arms with crown and a clawing standing lion is molded in relief. At the bottom in a pennant is the motto “L’union fait la force” written in capital letters. In addition, we also see in relief several leafy branches with flowers applied in a blue color. A circular band in black color is applied at the top and bottom. There are two large knob-shaped handles. We also see a slightly convex lid with the same leaves and flowers and also a black band with an analog button-shaped handle in the center. The numbers 1256 are pressed at the bottom, as well as an incised letter G. This pot has characteristics of the Art Nouveau period and can be dated around 1900-1920.