fa3747 French Faince Saint Clements Antique plates, By Luneville
antique French Faience plates from Saint Clement or Luneville, France. Circa 1800-1885."In the 18th century, the pieces were not marked. The manufacturer did not file any particular marks with the courts except one in 1885. From 1830 we see marks mostly painted by hand....Saint Clement could be painted fully or abreviated and sometimes with numbers".The plates have a hard to find "Combed" rim in pink. The center features the famous "coq au panier", which means "rooster in basket". Therooster was one of the traditional decorations of the St. Clement factory. In 1789 it became the emblem of the French Revolution. It represented the nation of France and was adopted as the symbol of vigilance. Towards the end of the 19th century the rooster becomes more of a decoration with floral motifs spilling out of a basket rather than a symbol of revolution. Once they made this switch, this decoration became very popular.