Antique French terre de fer ironstone Longchamp sauce boat


Shipping to United States: $56.19

A French antique terre de fer or ironstone sauce boat with integral saucer.
This is a lovely polychrome decorated piece of ironstone with a hand-painted design of a bird with a branch in its beak on one side, and a mythological grotesque man or god on the other, holding a sword and a cloud or a shield, not sure who he represents.
There is also lots of floral decoration. Each end of the saucer has a brightly coloured insect, a common design detail in older pieces of faience and ironstone.
The base has an impressed makers mark Longchamp Terre de fer, it is also marked on the base with a stamp for the Longchamp factory and CALLOT which I presume to be the pattern name, a reference to the 17th century source of the design, the engraver J. Callot.
This item probably dates from the 19th century.
Size approx saucer 27cm long, 17cm wide, 11cm high overall. Boat L23cm, W11cm .
Condition is fair, there are some chips to the upper rim. There are some areas of scratching to the surface and associated discolouration, normal in antique pieces of ironstone. Please see photos as they form part of the description.
A wonderful addition to your festive table, use it for your bread sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy or for the custard for your Christmas pudding!

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