Plate with godronné edge in earthenware of Moustiers with polychrome decoration of big fire in the center said "in the balloon" and of a village on a terrace, rockeries and flowered twigs in the wing.
The scene represents the ascent of Pierre Testu-Brissy from Paris to Breteuil in the night of 10 to 11 June 1786.
With iron rods, using static electricity, he made sparks fly in the night. This experiment was all the more daring as his balloon was inflated with hydrogen!
Manufacture Féraud, 18th century.
Diameter: 25 cm.
The three dots in the crest would be a Masonic symbol.
Cf. Nelly Fouchet, Faïences patriotiques, faïences au ballon contemporaines de premiers vols aéronautiques, 1987, éditions Varia, Fig III(63) page 30.
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