Offered by Galerie Vauclair
19th century Ceramics and Furniture
Refined dinner service decorated with cornucopia, early 20th century, before 1936.
12 soup plates
12 dessert plates
12 dinner plates
2 low compotiers
2 baking trays
1 gravy boat
1 high compotier
2 large oval dishes
2 large circular dishes
1 large deep dish
2 soup tureens
And 28 additional dinner plates
This elegant fine earthenware service signed "Boch Fres" presents a set of shapes (plates, soup tureen and its tray etc.) with forms inherited from the rocaille taste of the mid-18th century.
On the white glaze, a decoration of insects reminds us that in the 18th century the subject was appreciated for its decorative virtues, and in particular to conceal firing accidents, which is not the case here. Natural insects and flowers therefore alternate between the marlis of the dishes and the bellies of the shaped pieces.
In the center of the dishes and on the lids of the soup tureens is a horn of plenty pattern from which escape bouquets of flowers that the insects come to collect.
The chromatic palette favours a white background from which green vegetation, insects and blue and yellow horns stand out, along with a few red flowers. A red net completes the careful decoration of the whole service.
On the gravy boat and tureens, the handles are treated in yellow and the gripping knobs still quote the great classic of the time for the dishes: the 18th century. Indeed, these buttons are in the shape of exploded pomegranates, motifs so fashionable during the reign of the rocaille.
This service was manufactured by the company Boch Frères also known as Keramis, active from 1844 to 1936 in La Louvière in Belgium (Hainaut).