French yellow faience dish, Rococo form with flowers, attr. Montpellier c.1765
Stylish French Faience dish, the shapely rococo scroll-moulded rim and bae painted in green, black, blue & yellow with flower groups, set on a bright yellow ground.
Attributed to Montpellier,
Condition:kiln speckles (green pigment scatters), slight crazing, glaze with wear to raised edge sections, minor signs of age with no restoration.
ref. Giacomotti ‘French Faience’ p143 for an example of Montpellier with similar colour & flowers. The text notes ‘The yellow used for the ground colour is much paler than that commonly found at Marseille….’, and this example is definitely a paler tone. The flowers of Marseille are generally much more sophisticated than Montpellier, another attribute allowing us to strongly suggest the Montpellier attribution.
The connection and confusion of Marseilles and Montpellier products, particularly the yellow ground, has a simple explanation. A workman from Marseilles, André Philip, had trained in the yellow ground & flower painting techniques, which he introduced at Montpellier when he arrived in 1754.
re. Giacomotti ‘French Faience’ p145 for the story of André Philip.