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Fine Creil et Montereau Porcelain Plate Depicting a Dance, Ca. 1840-76

Fine Creil et Montereau Porcelain Plate Depicting a Dance, Ca. 1840-76
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Offered is a lovely 19th Century French transferware plate, or assiette, originating from the Creil & Montereau, France, out of the Lebeuf & Milliet pottery shop circa 1840-76. More about this firm and these potteries can be found below. This plate measures about 8 1/8 inches in diameter. The colors and design are crisp and bright. Condition of this plate is excellent, with no chips or cracks detected. There are a couple of small manufacturing defects (spot of ink to the back, and one or two small spots where bubbles popped in the glaze during firing, all to the reverse. This is typical and does not detract from the piece. This piece would make an excellent gift. All in all a fine and visually interesting piece of 19th Century French porcelain!

Creil and Montereau pottery operated until 1895 and was created from the amalgamation of two potteries, one at Creil-sur-Oise, north of Paris, established in 1797, and another at Montereau, south of Paris, established in 1748. Louis Lebeuf and Etienne Thibault operated the business from 1825 to 1833, and the wares were stamped 'Creil and Montereau' and 'Lebeuf Milliet & Cie.' from about 1840 until the death of Lebeuf in 1876. Earthenware made at the Creil factory was the first French pottery to use transfer printing on earthenware. By reproducing engravings on different topics, they created several sets of plates. The porcelain factories in Creil, north of Paris, founded in the 18th century, were mentioned by Flaubert in his celebrated novel, "A Sentimental Education". In 1840, they joined together with those of Montereau, east of Paris, also founded in the 18th century, forming a single company. Winners of numerous awards, Creil et Montereau specialized in what was known as "faience dure" or "porcelaine opaque", a hard paste porcelain achieved by the addition of feldspar and kaolin to the traditional formula created by Wedgwood. Creil et Montereau became famous for the fine detail of their designs.

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