Large Nevers earthenware bowl, circular shape resting on a small heel, with polylobé rim and twisted gadrooned marli on the outside. Patronymic decoration with a big fire called "the tree of love", representing a scene taken from popular imagery.
The iconographic motif, close to the tree of life, appears in the engraving in the 16th and 17th centuries. But it is then the women who are in the tree and the men who try to bring them down; the inversion seems to be generalized in the eighteenth century.
For Duchartre and Saulnier (1944), the tree of love means that husbands are birds that are difficult to find and a mockery of girls looking for a husband. At the same time, the image gives women the initiative for the conquest of love. Presenting the relationship between men and women in this way at the beginning of the 19th century is a comic inversion of common norms, but by no means a subversion.
Inscriptions in the center and above love :
MARIE FROGET - L'arbre d'amours - Mr le tronpeurs (The tree of love)
Inscriptions of the men's names in the tree on the left :
Mr. La Giroflé Mr. La Ramée Mr. Galicoeut
Mr. Begaraist Mr. Sans Soucy
Inscriptions of the men's names in the tree on the right :
Mr. La Chaleur Mr. Sans Soucy
Mr. Belhumeur Mr. La Fripes
Inscription woman standing on the ground with outstretched arms holding a string on the left side of the tree:
With one hand the beautiful suzanne with her line pulls this big gift and with the other luy presses a cane.
Inscription woman standing on the scale of sweets, arms stretched to the left of the tree:
Pleasantly received I took this snuffbox from you.
Inscription women sawing the tree:
Pull Fanchon you will have this big cute.
Courage margot we will have part or piece.
Inscription woman standing on the ground holding a hat:
The charming Isabeau luy presents a beautiful hat.
Inscription woman standing on the ground holding an axe:
Mr. Decendés to the fastest or I have you.
Inscriptions in arc of circle in edge on the left of the tree:
Beautiful quitez moy cés lovers who are for you of ice unearthed them of this tree stop making them presents cut moy the tree by the trunk and mocquez you of their boldness make them fall on the place are cowards and cowards.
Inscriptions in an arc of a circle on the right side of the tree:
Ladies we will all go down appeased all your fury we will give you our hearts that you want to undertake of which will decendez dear lovers and no longer be rebellious, you will be tenderly cherished by your faithful mistresses.
Period: Second half of the 18th century, dated 1770 in blue on the reverse.
Scalloped blue net on the border.
Very good general condition, a small chip on the border and another small one glued on the reverse side, no restoration.