French Floral Pitcher K & G Pottery Mark
by Terry Hanson
(Miles City, MT., USA)
I think it's a French Floral Pitcher K & G Pottery Mark
French Floral Pitcher K & G Pottery Mark:- Hi, All I know is this pitcher has been in my family's possession for a long time. What can you tell me about it.
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Reply by Peter (admin)
To:- French Floral Pitcher K & G Pottery Mark
Many thanks for your attempt at supplying good photos, but there needs to be a larger and clearer image of the mark included in order to get the best out of the potential replies in this open pottery mark forum.
I have to be careful to re-iterate I am not an expert in antique and fine china - I am merely an enthusiast trying to help visitors to my site move in the right direction in their research if at all possible.
I have to keep adding this caveat because when I forgot to do so in a reply I wrote to try to help a visitor the other day, somebody left a reply on the comments section saying "You don't seem to know much, call yourself an expert?".
Answer = "No, I don't pretend to be an expert". I myself am just a gatherer of information, but I have a team of over 30 experts who, unlike me, charge for their opinions and valuations.....
So just to let everybody know I am not trying to masquerade as an expert - I just pass on whatever information I might know help people in their research. I console myself by thinking in any public forum you are going to get your fair share of idiots.
Anyway, that said, I need to try to help you with this mark - on the off chance it is something interesting.
There is a very well known K&G maker based in France. However, I have not come across this particular mark associated with them in any references I have at my disposal.
Keller & Guerin, Luneville, Lorraine are the company I am thinking of. Luneville was a French faience factory founded c. 1720 to 1730 by a man called Jacques Chambrette. They were one of the French centers to rival the expanding English and German ceramics centers of that period.
Unfortunately, I can't read the words on your blurry small picture, but it doesn't appear to read "Luneville" but does appear to say "?----?ville. I can't make out the last word underneath at all. Maybe you can read them and post as to what they say.
It is an important factory in the history of European porcelain, awarded 'Manufacture Royale de Fayence' by the Ducs of Larraine in 1749, and over 3 centuries has adapted production from the early hand painted Faience and Majolica to Art deco revolution in the 20th century.
Classic patterns include 'Old Strasbourg' (Rose and Tulip), Au Chinois, hand painting Barbotines Majolica and the Revolutionary Roosters by Lachenal.
Early pieces were unmarked and often to found in important museums such as the Musee d'Orsay. The factory was acquired by Keller and Guerin (Société KG) in the 19th C and by all accounts is still working today.
They were important ceramicist during the Art Deco period with work of Louis Majorelle and Ernest Bussiere’s plant-inspired forms - see recent Keller & Guerin, Luneville Auction sale
. Don't get too excited about the 5 figure sum shown in that report as the more work-a-day item go for just 'normal' prices.
Don't forget, I never attempt to do valuations on this forum as I am in no way qualified. I am able to pass on vintage and antique china valuation queries
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The Lunéville manufacture artisans were inspired by nature, insects, flower's and animals and later by Chinese decorations brought back by Jesuit priests on their dangerous and far flung gospel missions.
Incidentally, in 1758, Chambrette founded a second faience factory in Saint-Clément, another very famous historic name alongside the K et G Lunéville.
I read that the Lunéville production ceased in 1981, leaving only the Saint-Clément still in operation.
Like I said, I don't know if the K & G mark on your faïence pitcher is associated with K & G Lunéville, I am not qualified to say. Over to you to do your research from there.
More on general K & G Keller & Guerin, Luneville ...here.
Hope this helps.
p.s. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-Researching the identity and value of antique and vintage fine china
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