faience post-revolutionary Napoleon Bonaparte
Large quantities of faience were made in France before and during the French Revolution in 1793. The majority (90%) was painted by the Nevers manufactory. Napoleon escaped from the island of Elba in 1815 after his first exile and again took control of France for several months. In June of the same year he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo and exiled again, now to the island of Sainte Helena where he died six years later at the age of 51. Here we see a faience round scaly plate on which a white tin glaze layer on the shelf in underglaze high-fire colors black, blue, brown, yellow and red, the effigy of Napoleon, was hand painted. The plate is also titled and dated “Napoléon I” and “1821”, year of his death. The shelf is delineated by a black concentric line. The elevation and sloping flat edge are painted with a frieze of garlands of flowers and leaves. At the back, the plate is also tin-glazed with translucent pink pate. There is no stand ring. We also see three musts on which the plate was baked. The board is quite heavy in weight. It’s not marked.
Condition: minimal edge chips, otherwise perfectly normal condition.