When buying Faience or Faenza as we call it here in Italy, or any other ceramic antiques for that matter, of course the value is always partially in the signature. This piece is signed by the artist himself being a simple F.B. brushed onto the bottom of the base dish. Our research as pointed that this F.B. was not a prolific Faience artist and as such his pieces are very rare (Tip: Search Google before buying anything antique!)
Anyway, enough from me... let's just enjoy some truly breathtaking hand painted French Faience...
|c 1860 - 1880|
|Scene depicting forest animals & flora motifs as seen from lid|
|Base dish from above highlighting the incredible detail|
|Artists Signature "La Faiencerie, Peint à la main R.B."|
which translates as, "The Faiencerie, painted by hand F.B."
Usually when an artist writes "La Faiencerie, it would usually
indicate the factory name where he worked.